Neural Circuits (C1098)
15 credits, Level 5
This module will teach you about neural mechanisms generating animal behaviour. The level of analysis emphasises types of behaviour that can be understood in terms of underlying neural circuits or specific structures with well known neural architectures within the brain.
Topics covered include:
- organisation and modulation of central pattern generator (CPG) circuits
- advanced techniques for monitoring and manipulating neural circuits
- modelling of neural circuits
- sensory and motor functions of spinal cord circuits
- brain circuits underlying motor control
- circuits underlying non-associative and associative learning
- addiction and learning circuits
- defects in circuits
- development of neural circuits
Teaching and assessment
We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 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 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.
This module is offered on the following courses: