2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
BMSC2124 Neurotransmitters and Disease
10 creditsClass Size: 29
Module manager: Dr Clare Tweedy
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualificationsSatisfactory completion of level 1 of a BMS programme, or equivalent.
|BMSC1210||Biology of the Mind|
This module is mutually exclusive with
|BMSC2123||Sensory and Motor Neuroscience|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis 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 process of neurotransmission and the role of major neurotransmitters. Many aspects of this module will be framed in the context of diseases and disorders of the human nervous system.
ObjectivesThe aim of this module is to gain an understanding of the structure and function of the nervous system followed by exploration of the process of neurotransmission, the criteria for molecules to be considered neurotransmitters and the synthesis, release and reuptake of a range of neurotransmitters in the body. Techniques used to visualize neurotransmitters, and record neurotransmission electrophysiologically will be introduced.
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;
- describe the process of neurotransmission; understand and explain the criteria for molecules to be considered neurotransmitters;
- compare and contrast the synthesis, release and reuptake of a range of neurotransmitters in the body;
- describe the techniques used to visualize neurotransmitters, and the techniques available for recording neurotransmission electrophysiologically.
This module will allow students to develop their understanding of neurotransmission, and the CNS and its role in our interactions with the outside world. It will provide a foundation level understanding of neurodegenerative diseases which will allow students to study these topics at a higher level later in the year.
BMSC2124 students take Unit 1 and Unit 2 of BMSC2118.
- 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.
- Synaptic communication including neurotransmitter synthesis, storage, release, transporters, and synaptic connections;
- Neurotransmitter receptors; ligand gated ion channels and G-protein coupled receptors;
- Neurotransmitters; Acetylcholine, Excitatory amino acids, catecholamines, Peptides, Serotonin, Inhibitory amino acids, Gasotransmitters;
- Neuroplasticity on the level of molecular, synaptic, and dendritic changes and neurogenesis.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||2.00|
|Private study hours||62.00|
|Total Contact hours||36.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyIndependent online learning: a range of resources will be provided as well as formative MCQ tests based on each unit. 62 hours designated for private study (including reading before and after lectures, preparation for tutorials, and exam preparation).
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents 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
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Group Project||Anatomy Case Study||15.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||15.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||2 hr 00 mins||70.00|
|Online MCQ||0 hr 40 mins||15.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||85.00|
BMSC2118 and BMSC2123 currently have overlapping papers.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 14/11/2022
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