Brain and Behaviour (C8518)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module provides an introduction to brain mechanisms and behaviour. Topics covered will normally include: ionic mechanisms underlying the nerve action potential; synapses and neurotransmission; neuropharmacology of commonly used anti-depressant and anxiolytic drugs; functional neuroanatomy of the human brain; brain development and neurogenetics; neural mechanisms in motor behaviour, initiation of voluntary actions; neural mechanisms underlying plasticity and learning; individual differences.

Teaching

81%: Lecture
19%: Seminar

Assessment

30%: Coursework (Essay)
70%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 26 hours of contact time and about 124 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, 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.

Courses

This module is offered on the following courses: