2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
BMSC2342 Experimental Skills in Neuroscience
20 creditsClass Size: 75
Module manager: Professor Jim Deuchars
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualificationsLevel 1 BMSC lab skills or equivalent
|BMSC2310||Intermediate Skills for Professional and Academic Developmen|
This module is mutually exclusive with
|BMSC2341||Experimental Skills in Pharmacology|
|BMSC2343||Experimental Skills in Human Physiology|
|BMSC2344||Experimental Skills in Medical Sciences|
Module replacesBMSC2119: Experimental Skills, 10 credits, S1BMSC2227: Experimental Skills in Neuroscience, 10 credits, S2
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summary- Students will participate in various practical exercises that will focus on some key methods within biomedical sciences and neuroscience. Students will be taught the principles of experimental design and the essential statistical and mathematical methods necessary for completion of the experiments and projects.- In semester 2, students will design and perform a mini project based around neural tissue.- Students will be introduced to the methods used to:a) perform experiments with nerves or neural tissue;b) record responses and c) analyse response data in graphical form.- Transferable skills will be developed through submission of practical reports, preparing and delivering oral presentations & laboratory book as well as working in groups.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Use some experimental techniques relevant to modern neuroscience;
- Use scientific literature in an appropriate manner and reference published work correctly;
- The ability to design and carry out an experimental project based on a specific area of neuroscience as a member of a team;
- The synthesis of analytical data, including the use of both descriptive and analytical statistics to organize the data;
- The ability to individually present work in an extended written form and through other forms of communication which are used in the scientific community.
On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Identify the need for and apply statistical analyses to data;
2. Locate and select scientific information to support arguments;
3. Demonstrate basic principles of the techniques used in practical classes;
4. Design and perform an experiment to answer a neuroscience-based hypothesis;
5. Present the findings in written form and through other scientific forms of communication.
Various practical exercises will focus on some key methods within biomedical sciences and neuroscience.
- Students will be taught the principles of experimental design and the essential statistical and mathematical methods necessary for completion of the module.
- Students will design and perform a mini project around neuroscience.
- Students will be introduced to the methods used to:
a) perform experiments with nerves or neural tissue;
b) record responses and
c) analyse response data in graphical form.
- Transferable skills will be developed through submission of practical reports, preparing and delivering oral presentations & laboratory book as well as working in groups.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||27.00|
|Private study hours||136.00|
|Total Contact hours||37.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyResearching literature and writing practical reports.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackAttendance at practicals and progress meeting with academic staff.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Presentation||1 x group poster presentation||10.00|
|Presentation||1 x group slide presentation||10.00|
|Practical Report||1 x laboratory report 1 (8 page limit)||30.00|
|Practical Report||1 x laboratory report 2 (12 page limit) in the style of a scientific paper||50.00|
|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.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 11/07/2022
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