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Module code:PSYC3303 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Topics in Neurobiology
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):Roddy Grieves
Organiser's location:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Organiser's email:
Available for students in Year(s):3
Module prerequisites:Students must have relevant lower level Psychology or equivalent. “Non-Psychology students (including non-Psychology affiliates) must visit the link below to establish whether they can take this module. Students should have an appropriate background in the subject area and must complete the ‘Module Request Form’, failure to do so will result in rejection on Portico.”  
Module outline:The module is oriented around learning and memory, mainly using spatial and episodic memory as a model system with which to explore issues such as how neurons represent information, and how this representation is modified by experience. We will use multiple levels of description ranging from the genes contained within the neurons, through the proteins they make, the dynamical functions carried out by neurons (e.g., synaptic transmission, modification of connections etc.), the interactions of groups of neurons in circuits to form cognitive representations, and all the way up to the animal's macroscopic behaviour and how this interacts with the environment. By the end of the module students should have an understanding of how (relatively!) simple low-level processes create and interact with high level processes to produce the complex behaviours (such as navigation) exhibited by animals and humans. 
Module aims:To explore some of the biological bases of behaviour. 
Module objectives:Students should be able to describe aspects of selected behaviours using multiple levels of description, ranging from molecules to behaviour. 
Key skills provided by module:Ability to critically read and evaluate the literature on the neurobiology of learning and memory Ability to relate aspects of learning and memory across various "levels of description" 
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Unseen three-hour written examination 100.00% 
Taking this module as an option?:Not without pre-requisites and approval, see above 
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Last updated:2017-06-06 12:00:22 by ucjtjst