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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

  • this course integrates advanced anatomical, physiological and neurological concepts using examples from healthy and diseased populations;
  • fundamental biomedical scientists meet with advanced clinical practitioners to facilitate an enquiry and interest based learning experience; 
  • with an aging population and ever increasing number of people with complex neurological problems, you will understand why multidisciplinary teams are the key to improving the diagnosis and treatment of neurological/psychiatric disorders, and also in understanding exactly how the central nervous system works; 
  • state of the art practical/dissection classes deliver hands on science and clinical skills to develop professional preparation and knowledge based practice

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?

  • One of Intercalating (Studied) or AN3008 Tissue Organisations (Passed) or AN3009 Architecture of Life (Passed)
  • Either Intercalating (Studied) or BM2509 Human Anatomy B (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. In addition, we shall consider various injury states and ways of treating neurological trauma. Topics such as these are introduced in lectures, and expanded upon by tutorials and practicals.

Further Information & Notes

This course is restricted to students on the degree of BSc Biomedical Sciences. Students taking this course may not register for AN 4002.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc BMS in Anatomy (Intercalating)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy)
  • Bsc In Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy & Biobusiness)
  • MSci in Biomedical Science (Anatomy) with Indust'l Placement
  • Msci In Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy & Bio Bus) With Ip

Contact Teaching Time

69 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%). Continuous assessment comprises: objective structured practical examination (OSPE), dissection, dissection essay (1000 words).

Formative Assessment

- Feedback given on performance during tutorials and mock problem-solving exam paper. - Mock exam allows students to practice for essay based exams and receive feedback on their performance. - Feedback given on performance during all day practical in preparation for assessment 1-2 weeks later. - Regular marks given over 4 week period so students are aware of quality of dissection skills.


- Mock exam is discussed with students. - OSPE is discussed with students. - Written comments will be provided on the essay preparation, content and quality. - Example essay circulated to entire class to help them avoid problems and encourage strengths/skills.

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