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Module code:NEUR3031 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:The Control of Movement
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Professor Christopher Yeo
Organiser's location:Medawar Building
Available for students in Year(s):3
Module prerequisites:Second Year neuroscience and related modules: At least ONE of: ANAT2010, NEUR2006, PHOL2003, PHOL2005 or MBBS Years 1 and 2. 
Module outline:Movement is a very large and important part of what we do. From speaking to running, from fixating an object in the visual field to reaching out and grasping it, movement is the major measurable behavioural output of the nervous system. In this module, we will examine the motor system in its entirety, from the muscles and motoneurons that form the final common pathway for movement, to the spinal cord and brain systems that contribute to our ability to decide when a movement should be made and what form it should take. The module takes a systems-level approach. The anatomy and physiology of muscles and motoneurons, spinal integration and supraspinal control from the cerebral cortex, cerebellum and basal ganglia will be introduced. The engagement of these systems in locomotion, in the control of posture and balance, in the control of eye movements and in the voluntary control of limb movements will be considered in detail. Mechanisms of motor learning in reflex calibration and in development of motor skills will be discussed, and the module concludes with discussion of cognitive aspects of motor control and the mechanisms that provide the transition from thought to action. The module is well-suited to third year MBBS students who have previously studied the Neuroscience and Behaviour module and to BSc and MSci students who have studied the Structure and Function of the Nervous System module.  
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Module assessment:Unseen three-hour written examination 100.00% 
Notes:Runs in Term 2, Block A. 
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