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BMSC3144 Advanced Topics in Neuroscience I

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Rao Sivaprasadarao

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is mutually exclusive with

BIOL3112Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 1
BMSC3143Advanced Topics in Pharmacology I
BMSC3145Advanced Topics in Human Physiology I
BMSC3146Advanced Topics in Medical Sciences I
MICR3120Advanced Topics in Microbiology 1

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary



To introduce students to a range of research topics in the broad field of neuroscience, and develop their ability to collate, critically analyse, and describe scientific information.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
- have a knowledge of current research in a range of topics in the biomedical sciences chosen from the list of topics presented, and with reference to their programme specialisms, subject interests and career intentions.


The module will consist of a number of "advanced topic units", each of which will contain a series of lectures +/- other teaching sessions relating to a particular research topic within the field of biomedical sciences. Students will attend, and do additional reading on, at least 5 of these ATUs.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading lists will be provided in association with each lecture as a starting point for self-directed learning around the material in each ATU. An average of 5 hours additional reading/revision is allocated to each lecture.

Independent online learning: 10 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student attendance at lectures will be monitored in line with standard faculty practice. At level 3, and in light of the extensive reading around the topics that is required, continuous assessment will not be appropriate for most ATUs.

This module is mutually exclusive with other Advanced topics modules in this semester within the faculty of Biological sciences.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/11/2019


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