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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC1210 Biology of the Mind

10 creditsClass Size: 450

Module manager: Professor Sue Deuchars
Email: S.A Deuchars@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of A Level Biology or equivalent.

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

- This module will introduce students to the workings of the nervous system and will cover all major aspects of neuroscience from a basic level. - The module will take students on a journey starting with the development and evolution of the nervous system through the anatomy and physiology of neurons, exploring sensory / motor systems and culminating in discussion of higher cognitive functions. - During the module, relevant neuroscience techniques will be explained. There will also be an introduction to the major disorders of the nervous system.

Objectives

Learning outcomes
At the end of this module, students should:
- have a basic understanding of all major aspects of neuroscience;
- be able to explain brain development / evolution, the structure / function of neurons and glia and the process of synaptic transmission;
- understand and be able to describe the major divisions of the CNS, the major ascending/descending pathways, the special senses and be able to outline the higher perceptual functions of the brain;
- be able to describe the basic details of major disorders of the CNS.


Students will learn to take detailed lecture notes, gather information from a range of literature sources, manage their time effectively and use online formative tutorial resources effectively to enhance their learning experience

Skills outcomes
Students will learn to take detailed lecture notes, gather information from a range of literature sources, manage their time effectively and use online formative tutorial resources effectively to enhance their learning experience.

During the lectures and using the online resources, students will develop their problem solving skills by considering numerical and conceptual problems.


Syllabus

During the module, students will cover the following topics:
- Introduction to Neuroscience
- Basic anatomy of the CNS
- Neuroscience techniques
- Neuroanatomy
- Functional anatomy of the cerebral cortex
- Synaptic transmission
- Neurotransmitter receptors
- Molecular biology of receptors
- Sensory receptors and CNS pathways
- Other special senses
- Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
- Memory & learning
- Higher perceptual functions
- Motor systems and locomotion
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Other nervous system disorders

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture201.0020.00
Seminar41.004.00
Private study hours76.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Students will be expected to spend approx 3 hours reading per pre-recorded lecture; - Understanding of core material will be checked by online formative tests, for which feedback will be automatically provided;
- Students will be expected to spend the remaining time preparing for the summative MCQ exam.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored extensively.

A formative MCQ/EMQ exam will highlight areas of weakness to students and provide an opportunity for the module leader to provide additional resources in areas where the cohort show weakness.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQOne formative0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

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


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment24 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: 17/11/2021

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