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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

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • Either Intercalating (Studied) or BM3502 Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


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 todays research. In addition, disorders of the central nervous systems (CNS) 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 practicals.

Further Information & Notes

Students taking this course may not register for AN 4003.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Neuroscience with Psychology
  • BSc in Neuroscience with Psychology (Intercalating)
  • Bcs in Neuroscience with Psychology (Biobusiness)
  • MSci Neuroscience with Psychology & in Pl't
  • Msci In Neuroscience With Psychology (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla

Contact Teaching Time

44 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


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

Resit: Continuous assessment comprises: seminar preparation, including literature search and powerpoint preparation, oral delivery and discussion, handout preparation. Practicals are not assessed.

Formative Assessment

- Computer based assessment during practical 1. - Seminar preparation allows students to practice literature searches, reading of scientific papers, preparation of scientific talks and discussion of scientific contents. - Mock exam allows students to practice for essay based exams and receive feedback on their performance.


- Mock exam is discussed with students. - Written feedback is provided on the seminar preparation, content and delivery.

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