MSc Neuroimaging for Clinical & Cognitive Neuroscience / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Functional Neuroanatomy

Unit code BIOL62141
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by School of Biological Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will provide students with a neuroanatomical overview complemented by focused investigations of some key brain areas. Spatial localisation will be discussed at a gyral level, a cytoarchitechtonic level (Brodmann’s areas), and a voxel level. The advantages and disadvantages of region of interest and voxel-based analyses will be contrasted.

The course will explore the factors that influence the level and accuracy of spatial localisation and resolution, including MR-related artefacts. In addition, students will be introduced to a selection of software that is used to aid localisation.


This unit aims to provide students with a solid grounding in general neuroanatomy, with a particular focus on factors relating to the localisation of regional brain activity and spatial resolution in functional and structural MRI research.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course unit, students will:

  • have a strong neuroanatomical knowledge;
  • have a clear understanding of the different levels of spatial localisation;
  • be able to compare across different levels of spatial localisation with relative ease;
  • have a broad knowledge and understanding of the factors that influence spatial localisation in both functional and structural MRI
  • be able to identify and differentiate brain regions quickly and accurately;
  • be able to discuss how to optimise spatial localisation;
  • be able to use software to explore, identify and illustrate spatial localisation.

Teaching and learning methods

The course will be delivered via 12 x two-hour lecture style sessions over six weeks and will be supported by lab sessions. Teaching will be complemented by the availability of notes, slides and recommended reading.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

Formative feedback opportunities will be provided.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 126

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Luca Ticini Unit coordinator

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