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Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||School of Biological Sciences|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This Research Skills Module is designed to develop your experimental design, report writing, and practical skills. You will develop a range of skills relevant to Neuroscience and/or Cognitive Neuroscience research including electrophysiological, biochemical, and histological methods. You will work with cells, human subjects and interactive computer simulations.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Excitable Cells: the Foundations of Neuroscience||BIOL10832||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
To provide practical experience of a range of techniques and data analytical procedures relevant to current neuroscience and/or cognitive neuroscience research. The techniques will mainly be drawn from the disciplines of anatomy, pharmacology and physiology. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of biological preparations, from cells to whole humans, and with interactive computer simulations.
To be proficient in the use of a range of technical skills, including the application of selected electrophysiological, psychophysical, biochemical and histological methods, and to possess the abilities to find and understand information, to analyse complex data sets and to write scientific reports.
Core practicals for Neuroscience and CogNeuro:
• Neurophysiology computer simulations
• Virtual rat (Sniffy) behaviour
• Human neuroanatomy
• Human visual function - the Electroretinogram
• Human visual function -the Visually Evoked Potential
• Motor function
• Neuropeptide Pathways
• Nitrous oxide and human performance
• Emotional arousal (galvanic skin response)
- Analytical skills
- Students undertake both experimental laboratory and data analyses.
- Group/team working
- Students work in small groups (3-4) when undertaking a range of laboratory experiments and associated data analyses.
- Students are encouraged to design experiments to test specific hypotheses.
- Different members of small groups are encouraged to take the leadership role for coordinating the running of various experiments.
- Project management
- Small groups of students collaborate in the design, running and analysis of a series of laboratory experiments, allocating different tasks amongst group members.
- Oral communication
- Students are encouraged to answer questions during experimental classes.
- Problem solving
- Students undertake assessments based on solving both numerical and conceptual problems.
- The unit is based on students performing a series of laboratory research experiments to collect novel data that allow biological hypotheses to be tested.
- Written communication
- Students write a detailed report of a laboratory experiment and a series of short note answers to questions on each of 9 practical classes.
- Computer and IT skills in running and analysing laboratory experiments.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||40%|
Short reports on individual classes (60%) and one full practical write-up (40%).
RSM Attendance guidelines. Students are expected to attend all scheduled RSM sessions on time (N.B. Health and safety information will be delivered at the start of practical sessions, and students who are not present at the start may be asked to leave the lab). Students who arrive late will be marked as absent for that session. Failure to attend a session (an unauthorised absence) will result in a 10% (i.e. 10 mark) penalty being applied to the overall RSM mark (i.e. a student obtaining a mark of 65% overall will instead receive a mark of 55%). Furthermore, any students who miss a practical session will not receive a mark for any associated post-lab assessment (N.B. this mark will be removed before calculating the average post-lab mark to avoid a student being penalised twice). Further absences will result in further penalties (i.e. 2 absences = a penalty of 20% [as described above]).
Written comments on assessment exercises and lab reports and Feedback session with staff in lecture theatre.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||30|
|Independent study hours|
|Nicholas Glossop||Unit coordinator|