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Information for module PALS0011

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Module code:PALS0011 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Neural Basis of Perception, Memory and Language
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):Lee De-Wit
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Available for students in Year(s):1
Module prerequisites:None 
Module outline:Through this module, students will gain a basic understanding of the human nervous system and its interaction with sensory organs of hearing and vision. The basic anatomy of ear and eye will be presented in addition to basic neuroanatomy, with particular reference to the neural basis of memory (linking with PALS 1003) and language. Students will also be introduced to the neural basis of acquired language impairments.  
Module aims:This unit aims to: 1. Provide essential information on the biological building blocks for perception, memory and language 2. Show how the nervous system interacts with sensory systems 3. Develop awareness of the neural basis of cognitive systems underlying memory and language.  
Module objectives:At the end of the module students will be able to understand: 1. Demonstrate understanding of the basic structure and function of the human nervous system. 2. Describe the gross anatomy of the brain and central nervous system 3. Describe the key characteristics of synaptic plasticity and the cellular foundations of learning. 4. Explain the overall structure and constituent parts of the auditory system and demonstrate understanding of how the nervous system underlies auditory perception and behaviour. 5. Explain the overall structure and constituent parts of the visual system and demonstrate understanding of how the nervous system underlies visual perception and behaviour. 6. Demonstrate basic knowledge of the neural systems underlying memory and language. 7. Demonstrate basic knowledge of the effects of neural damage on human language and communication  
Key skills provided by module:1. Manage their own learning of complex topics, by using library and web resources. 2. Identify anatomical structures on 3D models and real tissue specimens. 3. Use web-based teaching tools such as Moodle to help direct and organise their learning. These outcomes will be achieved through: - Reading recommended research papers and textbooks - Using web-based resources - Carrying out guided observation - Writing coursework  
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:

UG FHEQ Level 4

  • Standard assessment pattern:
    • Coursework (2,000 words) 70.00%
    • MCQs 30.00%
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