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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
  • 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?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc BMS in Physiology (Intercalating)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Develop'l Biol)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Physiology)
  • BSc Human Embryology & Dev'l Biology
  • BSc Neuroscience with Psychology
  • BSc Physiology
  • BSc in Biomedical Sciences in Developmental Biology (Inter)
  • BSc in Human Embryology & Developmental Biology (Interc'g)
  • BSc in Neuroscience with Psychology (Intercalating)
  • Bachelor Of Science In Physiology (Biobusiness)
  • Bcs in Neuroscience with Psychology (Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Biomedical Sciences (Dev Biology & Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Biomedical Sciences (Physiology & Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Human Embryology & Developmental Biology (Biobusiness
  • MSci Neuroscience with Psychology & in Pl't
  • MSci Physiology with Industrial Placement
  • MSci in Biomedical Sci (Developm'l Biology) with Ind Placm't
  • MSci in Biomedical Science (Physiology) with Ind'l Placement
  • MSci in Human Embryology & Developmental Bio with Ind Plac't
  • Master In Science In Physiology (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Msci In Biomedical Sciences (Develo Biolo & Bio Bus) With Ip
  • Msci In Neuroscience With Psychology (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla

Contact Teaching Time

18 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: group presentation, 1 essay (2000 words).

Formative Assessment

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


- 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.

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