Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 6 15 (7.5) DR M Ezcurra checkmark-circle


The module deals with basic neuroanatomy and molecular and cellular neurobiology, such as transmission of signals within the nervous system and sensory perception. It explores more complex functions of the nervous system, e.g. behavioural and cognitive functions including learning, memory, emotions and appetite control. Throughout the module both the normal nervous system and disorders that arise as a consequence of abnormalities will be covered.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Contact Hours: 24 hours
1. Lectures: 20 hours
2. Workshops: 4 hours

Self-study: 126 hours

Method of assessment

Data analysis exercise, max 1500 20%
MCQ Test 20%
Final Examination (2 hours) 60%

Indicative reading

Principles of Neural Science, Kandel, Schwartz, Jessel, Siegelbaum, Hudspeth, 5th ed (2012)
Fundamental Neuroscience, Squire, Berg, Bloom, du Lac, Ghosh, Spitzer, 4th ed (2012)
Research articles available from Templeman Library journal collections

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:
1. An appreciation of the cellular and molecular complexity of the nervous system gained through knowledge of:
a. How the nervous system develops
b. how nerve cells communicate at synapses
2. An understanding of the relationship between the brain and behaviour
3. An understanding of acquired and inherited neurological diseases
4. An appreciation of the significant achievements of research in neuroscience and the many unanswered questions

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will have developed skills in:
1. Comprehending complex scientific topics
2. Sourcing, reading and evaluating scientific literature
3. Written and oral communication


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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