School of Life Sciences

Neuroscience and Behaviour (C1087)

Neuroscience and Behaviour

Module C1087

Module details for 2013/14.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

The module deals with the mechanistic basis for perception and action by animals. We introduce neurons, synapses and neurotransmitters, and outline how the neurons transmit signals and process information. Sensory processing and perception are exemplified by the visual pathway, from the eye to specialised feature detectors in the cortex. Further, lectures on studying behaviour form an integral strand. A major theme to the module is understanding experimental technique and approaches allowing us to investigate and further our understanding of behaviour and its neuronal components.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of behavioural analysis at different levels of study.

Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the nervous system: the action potential, synapses, neurotransmitters; and some simple neural circuits.

Be able to explain how neural mechanisms underlie sensory perception (vision) and control behaviours, as well as explaining the basics of simple learning mechanisms.

Have practised skills in critical reading of scientific literature, including primary research papers and be able to communicate findings and conclusions from these, as well as understanding the experimental approach to the problem under investigation.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
ExerciseT2 Week 7 33.00%
ExerciseT2 Week 9 33.00%
ExerciseT2 Week 13 34.00%
Unseen ExaminationEnd of Year Assessment50.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterSeminar1 hour000101000100
Spring SemesterPractical1 hour000000010000
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour222222222222

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Camilla Tornoe

Assess convenor, Convenor

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