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Unit information: Foundations of Neuroscience in 2018/19

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Unit name Foundations of Neuroscience
Unit code MEDIM7001
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Whitcomb
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description

The students are given a background in the following fundamental subjects of neuroscience: Neuroanatomy; Neurophysiology and neurotransmission; Neuroendocrinology, sleep and pain; Perception and cognition; Neuroplasticity; Stem cells; Brain imaging; Animal models in neuroscience.

Moreover the students will receive training in the following practical and transferable skills:

Research design and statistical analysis; Finding research information by using the library and internet; Reading, interpreting and presenting research results; Scientific writing.

The Aims and objectives of this Unit are to:

(i) Cover the basics of the field of neuroscience and thereby prepare students with varied backgrounds for subsequent course units;

(ii) Provide students with the fundamental knowledge of brain structure and function in the major areas of research within the neurosciences;

(iii) Provide students with the fundamental knowledge of experimental design;

(iv) Cover the basics of statistical analysis to prepare the students for data management and interpretation during the research project unit;

(v) Give students training in reading, interpreting and presenting research results and scientific writing.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this unit the student will have:

(i) A good understanding of the basics of the fundamental areas within the field of neuroscience through use of the available lectures, readings and tutorials;

(ii) A good understanding of appropriate research design and statistical analyses.

Teaching details

This unit is taught through lectures, tutorials, neuroanatomy demonstration and a journal club day.

Assessment Details

The unit is assessed through a combination of essay question coursework (80%; on the foundations of neuroscience) and a multiple choice exam (20%; on research design and statistical analyses).

Reading and References

Selected relevant review papers from the literature.

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