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Module code:NEURM025 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Advanced Functional Neuroanatomy (Masters Level)
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Dr Simon Beggs and Prof Maria Fitzgerald
Organiser's location:Dept. Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology,
Available for students in Year(s):4
Module prerequisites:NEUR3025, M025 and G025 will be of value to all students of the nervous system, whether specialising in neuroscience, taking a neuroscience stream within a more general three-year BSc or four-year MSci, or intercalating an iBSc within the medical programme. However, a working knowledge of mammalian brain structure, cellular organization and connectivity is a pre-requisite, so iBSc students should have passed an MBBS Neuroscience module, BSc/MSci students should have passed PHOL2005 and/or ANAT2010, and affiliate or graduate students should contact the organizers before enrolling, to discuss their background and some issues that relate to the assessment of affiliates.  
Module outline:The module explores the structural organization and connectivity of the mammalian CNS, examining the synaptic and local-circuit architectures of selected brain regions and relating them to their roles within more global behavioural ensembles. In each case, basic knowledge is assumed and the emphasis is on experimental evidence, structure/function relationships and clinical significance. The course focusses on understanding recent neuroscience research and techniques used in understanding how groups of neurons are functionally connected to execute or control selected sensory, motor or higher level functions (such as reward processing) within the central nervous system.  
Module aims:This module addresses fundamental issues of central nervous system organization - structural and functional - and the consequences of that organization in terms of sensations, motor behaviours and higher cognitive functions in both healthy individuals and pathological conditions. These issues 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. Integrative systems neuroscience forms a bridge between our understanding of brain function at the cellular and molecular levels (addressed by modules such as PHOL3006 The Cellular Basis of Brain Function) and our understanding of animal and human behaviour at the cognitive level (addressed by modules such as NEUR3018 Neural Basis of Motivation and Learning). This module may also be of interest to students taking NEUR3041 (Neural Computation: Models of Brain Function) which links 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. The module is in the first term and the training provided in reading and analysing original research papers in neuroscience forms an excellent transferable skill for other modules.  
Module objectives:Students will be able to acquire an advanced understanding of: * The components of nervous tissue: neurons and glia * Techniques for the analysis of CNS structure and connectivity * How neuronal populations in different brain regions connect together to form functional systems that mediate, for example a sense of itch or a motivation to feed. * The functional neuroanatomy of selected CNS systems (including their cellular organisation, neural connections, neurochemistry, regional organization and clinical significance)  
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 modern cellular, molecular, optogenetic, chemogenetic and neurophysiological techniques can be applied to whole integrated systems, such as 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 module runs on Tuesdays (09.00-11.00) and Fridays (11.00-13.00) in Term 1.  
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Last updated:2017-08-10 15:17:15 by ucbtnmc