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BB50237: Molecular and medical neuroscience

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Critical evaluation (CW 20%)
  • Exam (EX 80%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take BB40082 OR take BB30044
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide an advanced review of the molecular and cellular processes underlying intercellular communication in the nervous system to provide an understanding of the neurochemical basis of brain disorders, their causes and treatments.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* Describe the gross regional anatomy of the human brain and explain the properties of the various classes of receptors and ion channels present in the mammalian CNS, and how these molecules interact to co-ordinate neuronal activity.
* Explain a number of brain disorders in terms of their neurochemistry.
* Critically evaluate the scientific literature on allocated topics.

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

Lectures: Receptors and ion channels- the existence of families and super-families. The structure of these various families of polypeptide. The functional consequences of this diversity and how it might be regulated at the gene and protein levels. Synthesis, release and uptake of neurotransmitters. Methods of studying human brain dysfunction. The altered neurochemistry of selected neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases will be reviewed, with respect to neurochemical aspects of their causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Video presentations will illustrate some of the clinical conditions.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB50237 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry