Neuroscience - BIOS6430

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Marina 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.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 26
Private study hours: 124
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Data analysis exercise (20%), max 1500 words
Test with multiple choice questions, 45 min (20%)
Exam, 2 h (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)
Neuroscience, Purves, Augustine, Fitzpatrick, Hall, La Mantia, White, 5th ed (2011)
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 a systematic understanding of the cellular and molecular functions of the nervous system gained through knowledge of how nerve cells communicate at synapses.
Demonstrate a systematic understanding of sensory and cognitive processes.
Demonstrate a systematic understanding of acquired and inherited neurological diseases.
Demonstrate an appreciation of the significant achievements of research in neuroscience and the many unanswered questions (limits of our knowledge).

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Comprehend complex scientific topics.
Source, read and evaluate scientific literature.
Analyse and evaluate data
Communicate effectively in writing.


  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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