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PY4302: DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROSCIENCE (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16


Course Overview

  • ever wondered where your brain comes from?;
  • this course merges cutting edge developmental biology, neuroscience, and cellular physiology to describe how the nervous system arises and gets ‘wired up’;
  • the bewildering arrays of cells in the nervous system interconnect in highly specific ways. Here you will learn what dictates neuronal cell fate, how neurons find appropriate partners and how cells communicate to generate behaviour;
  • in addition to lectures from dynamic researchers this course will hone core skills for basic scientists and medics through group presentation work, independent library research and scientific writing

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Ann Rajnicek

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Intercalating (Studied) or BM3502 Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology (Passed) or DB3002 Principles of Development (Passed) or DB3003 Principles of Development (Passed) or DB3005 Principles of Developmental Biology (Passed) or DB3006 Principles of Developmental and Reproductive Biology (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course considers development of the nervous system in a broad context. Topics include the initial establishment of the nervous system in an embryo, the birth and migration of nerve cells, nerve growth and guidance mechanisms, synapse formation, and development of the eye and brain cortex. Discussion of nervous system plasticity encompasses stem cells and regeneration following injury or disease.

Further Information & Notes

Students taking this course may not regiser for AN4301.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers


Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour essay examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%). Continuous assessment comprises: group presentation, 1 essay (2000 words).

Formative Assessment

- Practice exam questions on MyAberdeen. - Tutorial sessions for group work.

Feedback

- Essays will be marked with written comments. - Tutor assessment of oral group presentation with written comments. - Written comments provided to each student on their written summary of the group work.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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