Life Sciences

Neuronal Transduction and Transmission

Module code: C1120
Level 6
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

This module explores aspects of neuronal signalling, in both vertebrates and invertebrates, highlighting how molecular structure relates to function in signalling pathways. The emphasis will be on understanding how molecular and cellular mechanisms underlie the function of the CNS at a systems level and the generation of behaviour.

The module begins with the problem of sensory transduction (getting information into the nervous system), with a particular emphasis on mechanical (auditory) and visual modalities. This will be followed by a series of lectures on how information is processed at the synapse, covering electrical transmission and preand post-synaptic mechanisms at the chemical synapse. You will also be introduced to non-synaptic information processing.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and systematic understanding of the role of molecular and macromolecular structures in pre- and post-synaptic function
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and systematic understanding of the key molecular mechanisms involved in auditory and visual transduction
  • Appreciate the role of unconventional neurotransmitters in synaptic plasticity
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and systematic understanding of the role of molecular and macromolecular structures in pre- and post-synaptic function