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Module code:NEUR3041 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Neural Computation: Models of Brain Function
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Prof. Neil Burgess and Dr Caswell Barry
Organiser's location:ICN, Institute of Neurology, Alexandra House
Available for students in Year(s):3
Module prerequisites:ANAT2010 or MBBS Neuroscience, or permission of module organizer. There is a cap of 40 undergraduate students, selection first according to the above pre-requisites, then by grade at Maths A-level if more than 40 have the pre-requisites. 
Module outline:This module examines how behaviour results from the properties of neurons and synapses in the brain. Some simple computational models of how networks of neurons can be used to perform useful functions are introduced and applied to help understand several examples of the neural bases of behaviour in humans and animals. Topics covered will include the role of synaptic plasticity in learning and memory, the coding of information by the firing rate and time of firing of neurons, the neural bases of memory, coordination of action, audition, olfaction,and conscious awareness. Neural systems studies will include the motor, parietal and frontal cortices, the hippocampus, cerebellum and the spinal cord.  
Module aims:1. To introduce the consideration of neurons and synapses in terms of their computational properties and interpretation of their action in terms of information processing. 2. To introduce the analysis of an animal's ability to learn, remember or act in terms of the action of neurons and synapses within the animal's nervous system. 3. To understand several examples of how the action of individual neurons and synapses in various parts of the central nervous system contribute to the learning, memory or behaviour of an organism.  
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Module assessment:One essay (2,000 words) 10.00%
Unseen three-hour written examination 90.00% 
Notes:Runs in Term 1, Block E. 
Taking this module as an option?:Year 3 & intercalated BSc Neuroscience student 
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Last updated:2017-08-09 11:48:29 by ucbtnmc