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Module code:PHOL3006 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:The Cellular Basis of Brain Function
Credit value:1
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Prof. Angus Silver/Dr Beverley Clark/Prof Jonathan Ashmore
Organiser's location:NPP / Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research
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Available for students in Year(s):3, 4
Module prerequisites:This module involves reading and evaluation of the latest neuroscience literature and a strong grounding in neurophysiology is considered an important prerequisite. Some background in the physical sciences to at least A-level would be an advantage: understanding quantitative approaches and arguments are critical in some parts of the course.The module is capped at 40. BSc and MSci students will be given preference if they have completed NEUR2006 or MPHY2002 to a high standard. iBSc students will be given preference by their harmonised MBBS mark. 
Module outline:The module covers the description of brain function from Molecule, to Cell and to System levels. The detailed topics include: 1) Methods, ion channels, transporters and ischaemia; 2) Synaptic transmission, plasticity, integration and dendrites; 3) Metabolism, microcircuits, coding, sensory processing, neural networks and the control of behaviour. This structure is designed to provide a thorough grounding in the cellular mechanisms of brain function in health and disease.  
Module aims:We aim to: 1. Provide up to date knowledge of nervous system function; 2. Provide background on methodological tools used in modern neuroscience research; 3. Allow the student to develop and deepen their interest in specific areas of neuroscience; 4. Develop the student's communication skills. 
Module objectives:1. Developing an understanding of experimental methods in cellular neuroscience. 2. Gaining a knowledge of the evidence underlying our current views on brain function. 3. Developing critical thinking about the link between experimental data and hypotheses. 4. Developing more general scientific communication skills.  
Key skills provided by module:Advanced knowledge of cellular neuroscience. Critical evaluation of original papers. Essay and practical writing skills."  
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Practical write ups 15.00%
Unseen three-hour written examination 60.00%
Two essays 25.00% 
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Last updated:2017-07-30 00:48:15 by ucbhhks