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Course Overview

  • this course is the central cornerstone course for 4th year ‘Neuroscience with Psychology’ students and provides key preparation for the final year Honours project;
  • it is based on the general organisation of the human and rodent nervous systems alongside up-to-date research in the neuroscience of brain diseases;
  • a particular emphasis is given to understand malfunctions of the nervous system and their neuroanatomical, neurophysiological and neurochemical basis;
  • research approaches relevant to the causes, diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders are discussed

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Prof Bettina Platt

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Course Description

There is currently much interest in the organisation and function of the mammalian brain. The way in which neuronal pathways interact to produce given behaviours, emotions and desires, and capabilities such as sensation and awareness represents one of the hallmarks of today’s research. In addition, disorders of the nervous systems such as paralysis, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease are of increasing concern to our society. Topics such as these are introduced in lectures, and expanded upon by seminar presentations and three interactive practicals (EEG, brain dissection, virtual anatomy).

Further Information & Notes

Students taking this course may not register for AN 4003.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour essay examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%).


Formative Assessment

In-course assessment:

- Written and computer-based assessments during practical’s 1-3

- Seminar presentation (submitted as PowerPoint and summary documents)


Assessments from practicals are returned with comments and marks.

Seminar: detailed written feedback on oral delivery and written submission.

Course Learning Outcomes


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