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Unit information: Unit 1 - Principles of Neuroscience in 2015/16

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Unit name Unit 1 - Principles of Neuroscience
Unit code MEDIM7007
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Linthorst
Open unit status Not open

Pre-requsites None (please note: the programme will be open to students with a Bachelors (Honours) degree in one of the life sciences level 2:1 or better.



School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

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; Neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders.

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

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

Teaching Information

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

Assessment Information

This unit is assessed through a 3-hour written exam which counts for 100%.

Reading and References

Selected relevant review papers from the literature.