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BB40164: Modern methods of researching neurodegeneration

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take BB20028 AND take BB30044
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit is aimed at highlighting the different techniques that can/could be used to investigate neurodegenerative disorders and allow the student to develop a working knowledge of standard models of a variety of human neurodegenerative diseases. The models will include, cell, molecular and animal models.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* Describe at least six major strategies for investigating neurodegenerative diseases.
* Critically evaluate research papers on subjects related to research on neurodegenerative diseases
* Distinguish between classes of neurodegenerative disorders in terms of the kinds of models available for researching them.

Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F/A, Oral communication T/F/A.

Techniques used for the study of neurodegenerative diseases: Transgenic approaches, polymerisation assays, behavioural tests, protein structure studies, in vivo and in vitro models of neuronal death (animal and cell models), cell signalling cascades and apoptosis, electrophysiological approaches and analysis of sectioned tissues from patients.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB40164 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.