Brain and Behaviour

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Brain and Behaviour

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Life Sciences, Neuroscience

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Successful completion of intermediate university level study in pharmacology or
    biological sciences.

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This research-driven module will provide a thorough background in the fields of
    neurophysiology and neuropharmacology and introduce a range of current topics in
    neuroscience, selected from such areas as cellular and molecular neurobiology, sensory
    and motor systems, cognitive neuroscience and degenerative neuropathologies. Students
    will experience current research techniques and learn to critically evaluate and discuss
    different ways of studying the brain.

    Autumn Semester content summary: cellular and molecular neurobiology:
    Transmitter/receptor interactions; mediation of long-term changes, plasticity, LTP &
    LTD; electrophysiology; selective drug targeting in the brain (e.g. SSRIs).
    Sensory systems: Special senses; nociception and analgesia; migraine.

    Spring Semester content summary: Control of action: Motor systems; principles of
    control systems; motivation and decision making; speaking, reading and writing; the
    frontal lobes, OCD and anxiety disorders; Cognition and behaviour: learning and
    conditioning; drug addiction; abnormal psychology and antipsychotics; sleep and
    hypnotics;Degenerative diseases of the brain: Alzheimer?s disease, Parkinson?s disease,
    prion disease (CJD), multiple sclerosis; growth factor and stem cells treatments for
    degenerative diseases; potential of gene therapy and pharmacogenetics in
    neurogenerative disease.

    Topics covered may include:
    ? Cellular and molecular neurobiology: Transmitter/receptor interactions;
    mediation of long-term changes, plasticity, LTP & LTD; electrophysiology;
    selective drug targeting in the brain (e.g. SSRIs).
    ? Sensory systems: Special senses; nociception and analgesia; migraine.
    ? Control of action: Motor systems; principles of control systems; motivation and
    decision making; speaking, reading and writing; the frontal lobes, OCD and
    anxiety disorders.
    ? Cognition and behaviour: learning and conditioning; drug addiction; abnormal
    psychology and antipsychotics; sleep and hypnotics.
    ? Degenerative diseases of the brain: Alzheimer?s disease, Parkinson?s disease,
    prion disease (CJD), multiple sclerosis; growth factor and stem cells treatments
    for degenerative diseases; potential of gene therapy and pharmacogenetics in
    neurodegenerative disease.

    Teaching: Lectures, tutorials, practical sessions and assessment briefings & events

    Assessment:
    STUDY OPTION 1:
    ? Exam (50%)
    ? Practical: Journal Club Presentation (15%)
    ? Coursework:
    ? Journal Club, requiring students to write a short abstract on a literature
    review of a selected topic within the scope of the module (10%).
    ? Laboratory Book containing reports on all laboratory classes within the
    module, and marked for accuracy of records, data quality and ability to
    critically discuss the results (25%).
    STUDY OPTION 2:
    ? Practical report x2 (15% each)
    ? Essay (20%)
    ? Examination (50%)
    STUDY OPTION 3:
    ? Practical report x2 (15% each)
    ? Journal club abstract & presentation (20%)
    ? Examination (50%)

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

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