Neuroscience and Behaviour (C1087)
15 credits, Level 4
The module deals with nervous and hormonal bases for sensory perception and behavioural action by humans and other animals.
You will be introduced to the basic components of the nervous systems: neurons, synapses and neurotransmitters, and learn how neurons transmit signals and processes information. You will also cover specialisation of the cerebral cortex, looking at lateralisation and language, as well as sensory processing and perception, exemplified by the visual pathway from the eye to specialised feature detectors in the cortex. Finally, lectures on feeding deal with neural and hormonal controls in behaviour.
4%: Practical (Workshop)
50%: Coursework (Essay, Problem Set)
50%: Examination (Unseen examination)
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 27 hours of contact time and about 123 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses:
- Biology BSc
- Biology MSci
- Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (with an industrial placement year) BSc
- Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence BSc
- Ecology, Conservation and Environment BSc
- Ecology, Conservation and Environment MSci
- Genetics BSc
- Genetics MSci
- Medical Neuroscience BSc
- Medical Neuroscience MSci
- Neuroscience BSc
- Neuroscience MSci
- Psychology with Neuroscience BSc
- Zoology BSc
- Zoology MSci