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Module code:NEUR3045 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Visual Neuroscience
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Professor Andrew Stockman
Organiser's location:UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, 11-43 Bath Street
Available for students in Year(s):3
Module prerequisites:ANAT2010 and NEUR2006 (formerly PHOL2006); or PHOL2005 or MBBS Neuroscience (none for psychologists). 
Module outline:This module will teach visual neuroscience from a broad, interdisciplinary point of view. Our modern understanding of vision and visual processing depends not only on the more traditional fields of anatomy, physiology and psychophysics, which remain centrally important, but also on the fields of genetics, molecular and cellular biology, ophthalmology, neurology, cognitive neuroscience and brain imaging. In this course, we will present visual neuroscience as a multidisciplinary, yet integrated field of study. This half unit also makes up part of the full unit course NEUR3001 "Advanced Visual Neuroscience".  
Module aims:The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the functional anatomy and neurophysiology of the visual system, and an understanding of how neural activity results in visual perception and in behaviours that depend on vision. Students will be introduced to a variety of methods for investigating visual neuroscience including molecular biology, psychophysics, single cell recording, electrophysiology, brain imaging, and the experimental study of patients with brain damage or genetic defects.  
Module objectives:Summary of Module Content: The course presents a multidisciplinary approach to vision. It will cover anatomical, physiological, genetic, molecular and psychological approaches. The first part of the course, which can be taken as a separate half unit, covers the fundamentals of visual neuroscience from the visual input at the retina to visual perception. The topics range from retinal imaging, visual transduction, the functional anatomy of the retina and LGN, cortical processing to higher level visual functions, such as colour, depth, space, and motion perception. The second part of the course, which completes the full unit, will cover advanced topics including the neural development of the retina, visual development in babies and infants, more in depth coverage of retinal and cortical processing, fMRI, object and face recognition, visual memory, vision and action colour, space, depth, motion and form perception, high level cortical processing, neurology and ophthalmology. Students who take the half-unit will be provided with a strong foundation in visual neuroscience. Those who take the full-unit (NEUR3001 Advanced Visual Neuroscience) will be provided with an extensive and unique coverage of the topic that reflects the remarkable diversity of local expertise in vision and visual neuroscience at UCL. Changes from the 2009/2010 ANAT3045 Eye & Brain course: A reduction in the number of lectures from 19 to 16, and in the coursework (a course essay is no longer required). Some of the more advanced topics previously covered in Eye & Brain are now taught in NEUR3001 Advanced Visual Neuroscience. The final exam has been reduced to 2 hours from 3 hours and now requires only two essay answers instead of three.  
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Module assessment:Oral presentation 20.00%
Unseen two-hour written examination 80.00% 
Notes:Runs in Term 2, Block G. Further details from:  
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Last updated:2011-09-14 13:27:35 by ucgahel