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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC2227 Experimental Skills in Neuroscience

10 creditsClass Size: 62

Module manager: DrHugh Pearson

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 1 BMSC lab skills modules


BMSC2119Experimental Skills


BMSC2231Topics in Neuroscience

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


In this module students will build on the skills learnt in the semester 1 skills module and should be able to:
- discuss ethical issues relating to experiments in biomedical sciences;
- use simple statistics and other basic mathematical techniques to analyze and interpret data;
- report experimental findings in a manner similar to publications in the biomedical literature;
- use some experimental techniques relevant to modern biomedical sciences;
- use scientific literature in an appropriate manner and reference published work correctly.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

- locate and select scientific information to support arguments
- perform basic electrophysiological experiments;
- prepare and stain neuronal tissue for examination using a fluorescence microscope;
- handle large data sets and perform data analysis
- apply appropriate statistical tests to experimental data and interpret results
- critically assess previous literature in the light of experimental results
- write a report in the style of a scientific paper.


- Public Understanding of Science
- Immunofluorescence
- Cutaneous Testing
- Immunofluorescence
- Cutaneous Testing
- A Snail Brain Electrophysiology

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours62.00
Total Contact hours38.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Researching literature and writing practical reports.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance at practicals and completion of coursework.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Practical Reportwrite up of a laboratory investigation - 2000 word report excluding legends and references.60.00
In-course MCQMCQ - data handling exam40.00
Practicalformative assessment - produce a publication quality figure using the results from immunohistochemistry practical.0.00
Problem SheetProblem solving exercise - formative0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Any absence from a practical class will attract a v-code. To remove the v-code the student must submit a lab report, based on data provided to them, by a given deadline. The lab report will be check marked to determine it has reached a pass standard. Feedback will not be provided on it.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/04/2019


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