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AN4003: BRAIN FUNCTION AND MALFUNCTION (WITH ANATOMY) (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • 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)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Intercalating (Studied) or BM2509 Human Anatomy B (Passed)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

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).


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 8 - 10, 9 - 10, 12
  • 2 Science Laboratories during University week12
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 11, 13
  • 1 during University weeks 9, 11
  • 2 Tutorials during University weeks 8 - 9, 11 - 12
  • 1 Tutorial during University week10

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Exam 70% (during April/May exam diet)

10% Objective Structured Practical Examination

10% Essay/activities relating to dissection

5% EEG practical

5% Sheep brain dissection

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Online Exam

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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