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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:The module begins by considering the anatomy and physiology of essential components of the motor system; muscles and the motor unit; proprioception; spinal integration; ascending and descending pathways in the spinal cord; motor cortex; basal ganglia and cerebellum. The integrated action of these systems in locomotion, voluntary movements and eye movements is considered. The module includes tutorials with target papers through the course and concludes with analyses of motor learning and modelling of motor control. Movement is a very large and important part of what it is that 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 our nervous systems. 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 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" and to BSc students who have studied the "Structure and Function of the Nervous System" module (PHOL2005).  
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Module assessment:Unseen three-hour written examination 100.00% 
Notes:Runs in Term 2, Block A. 
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