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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC2123 Sensory and Motor Neuroscience

10 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Clare Tweedy
Email: C.Tweedy@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Satisfactory completion of level 1 of a BMS programme, or equivalent.

Pre-requisites

BMSC1210Biology of the Mind

This module is mutually exclusive with

BMSC2118Neurobiology

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces the micro and macroscopic structure of the human nervous system and explains the central nervous system control of a range of physiological processes. Following a fundamental exploration of neuroanatomy and biophysics, the module will explore the receptors and pathways involved in the sensory and motor systems. Many aspects of this module will be framed in the context of diseases and disorders of the human nervous system.

Objectives

The aim of this module is to gain an understanding of the structure and function of the nervous system followed by exploration of the sensory receptors and pathways responsible for the sensation of pain, touch, audition, smell and vision will be described along with the pathways responsible for voluntary movement. The module will also explore the mechanisms for maintaining balance and upright posture, and the sensory receptors involved.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the micro and macroscopic structure of the human nervous system;
- predict how changes to micro and macroscopic structure may lead to disorders of the human nervous system;
- describe and explain the central nervous system control of a range of physiological processes through the study of CNS anatomy and physiology;
- compare and contrast the sensory receptors and pathways responsible for the sensation of pain, touch, audition, smell and vision;
- describe the pathways responsible for voluntary movement, the motor hierarchy and the control of voluntary movement;
- explain the mechanisms for maintaining balance and upright posture, and describe the sensory receptors involved.


Syllabus

BMSC2123 students take Unit 1 and Unit 3 of BMSC2118.

Unit 1:
- Organisation and anatomy of the brain and spinal cord;
- Anatomy and physiology of the cerebral cortex, midbrain and diencephalon, spinal cord and hindbrain, and the hippocampus;
- Neuroimaging techniques to investigate function and pathology;
- Fundamental biophysics including the resting membrane potential and electrophysiology techniques.

Unit 3:
- Physiology of the visual and auditory systems;
- Taste and olfaction pathways;
- Physiology of the somatosensory system;
- Pathways of pain and nociception;
- Physiology of motor systems including voluntary movement and balance/posture.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning101.0010.00
Lecture201.0020.00
Practical12.002.00
Seminar51.005.00
Independent online learning hours2.00
Private study hours61.00
Total Contact hours37.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Independent online learning: a range of resources will be provided as well as formative MCQ tests based on each unit. 61 hours designated for private study (including reading before and after lectures, preparation for tutorials, and exam preparation).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students have the opportunity to gain feedback by completion of formative MCQ exams available throughout the module. Students will also practice case study work in the introductory session.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectAnatomy Case Study15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)15.00

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 assessment5 hr 00 mins70.00
Online MCQ5 hr 15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)85.00

BMSC2118 and BMSC2123 currently have overlapping papers.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/09/2022 11:55:04

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