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BS362 - Integrative Neuroscience

  • Module code: BS362
  • Module name: Integrative Neuroscience
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 12

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will cover the breadth of contemporary neuroscience in a hierarchical manner. The overall aim of the module is to consider the important cellular components of neurons and how these impinge on the integrative function of the nervous system. The module will cover motor control, central control of homeostasis, rhythms of the brain and higher brain function. Disorders of motor control will be considered as well as the central control of important homeostatic functions such as food and water intake. At each stage pathological disorders of function (including Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease) will be used to illustrate the importance of obtaining a comprehensive and mechanistic understanding of how the brain functions from the molecular level all the way to integrative system levels.

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of this module a student should understand the mechanisms that control the electrical properties of neurons, why these are important and the methods of communication used within the nervous system. The student should understand the operation of neural circuits in the context of motor control, how the components of neurons can influence the operation of these circuits and how these circuits can generate behaviour. Students should understand how breakdown in the neural components can lead to disorders such as obesity and the implications that such a breakdown has on human health. Students should understand how higher brain function including consciousness, and disorders of thought and emotion occur.

Timetabled teaching activities

Term 2, Weeks 11-18

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/lifesci/intranet/teach/3rdyr/lectures/integrative_neurosciences/

Other essential notes

Comfort with simple mathematical equations is an advantage for this module.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
12 CATS (Module code: BS362-12)
B (Examination only) 1.5 hour examination (April) 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% locally examined (part year only) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (C100) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year) (C101) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (C102) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (C103) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (C104) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (C105) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (C107) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year) (C108) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year) (C109) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year) (C110) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year) (C111) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (MBio) (C1A1) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biochemistry (MBio) (C1A2) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biomedical Science (MBio) (C1A3) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biomedical Science (C1B9) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biochemistry (C700) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biochemistry (with Intercalated Year) (C701) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Biomedical Science with Intercalated Year (CB19) - Year 4