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Module code:NEUR3025 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Integrative Systems Neuroscience
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Prof Maria Fitzgerald & Dr Simon Beggs
Organiser's location:Medawar building
Available for students in Year(s):3, 4
Module prerequisites:BSc/MSci students should have passed PHOL2005 Structure and Function of Nervous Systems and/or ANAT2010 Human Neuroanatomy; iBSc students should have passed MBBS Year 2 Neuroscience or equivalent; affiliate students should contact the organisers before enrolling to discuss issues of assessment and subject background. This module cannot accommodate more than 50 students as it involves critical reading workshops. The criteria for inclusion on the course will be based upon: • The appropriateness of the module with the student’s previous area of study. • Students from the following degree courses will be given priority consideration: Neuroscience BSc/IBSc/MSci, Physiology BSc/IBSc, Natural Sciences (BBC stream) BSc/MSci, Biomedical Sciences, Stream 2. • Should the module size exceed the capped number, the Year 2 average mark will be used as the main selection criteria for enrolment on the module.  
Module outline:This module explores the structural organisation and connectivity of the mammalian central nervous system at levels ranging from global behavioural systems to local circuits and synaptic complexes, with a focus on experimental evidence, structure/function relationships and clinical significance, and a particular emphasis on reading original research papers.

Groups of themed lectures will be complemented by Journal Club sessions in which published research papers will be presented and analysed by class members, and for which careful prior reading will be expected. A mid-course formative assessment will focus on the skills involved in critical analysis of research data, and provide valuable practice and feedback relevant to a compulsory question in the end-of-year examination.  
Module aims:This module addresses fundamental issues of nervous organization - structural, functional and clinical - that are of importance to all students of the nervous system, whether specializing in neuroscience, taking a neuroscience stream in a more general three-year BSc or four-year MSci, or intercalating from the medical programme.

Functional neuroanatomy forms a bridge between our understanding of brain function at the cellular and molecular levels (addressed by modules such as PHAR3001/2 Neuropharmacology; PHOL3006 The Cellular Basis of Brain Function) and our understanding of animal and human behaviour at the cognitive level (addressed by modules such as PSYC3207 Human Learning and Memory; PSYC3209 Cognitive Neuroscience; PSYC3211 Attention and Awareness).

This module may also be of interest to students taking NEUR3041 (Neural Computation: Models of Brain Function) which links together the cellular, behavioural and cognitive aspects of brain function in a different and complementary way by looking at neurons and synapses in terms of their computational properties and information-processing abilities. 
Module objectives:Students will be able to acquire an advanced understanding of:

* The components of nervous tissue: neurons and glia
* Some principles constraining how nervous systems are built
* Techniques for the analysis of CNS structure and connectivity
* Central neurotransmitter pathways
* The functional neuroanatomy of selected CNS systems (including their cytology, synaptic organization, neurochemistry, regional organization and clinical significance)
* The neuroanatomy of CNS stroke and ischaemic injury  
Key skills provided by module:Ability to read and understand neuroscientific research on the structure and function of the central nervous system; comprehend and critically analyse published research data; understand how functional neuroanatomical techniques can be used to understand sensory and motor pathways, homeostatic, behavioural and cognitive processing in the brain; take part in group discussion of research evidence.  
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Unseen three-hour written examination 100.00% 
Notes:The course runs on Tuesdays (09.00-11.00) and Fridays (11.00-13.00)i n Term 1.  
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Last updated:2016-08-22 13:09:25 by ucgamar