Neuroscience 1

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Neuroscience 1

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Pre-requisites: PY1IN Introduction to Neuroscience or PY1PC Perception
    Non-modular pre-requisites: For non-Psychology students only

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    Summary module description:
    Neuroscience 1 (Affective Neuroscience)

    The aims of the module are that students should further their knowledge of the structure and function of the nervous system, and to bring their knowledge to bear on understanding areas such as neurotransmitters, motivational and reward systems, emotion, and the action of drugs.

    Assessable learning outcomes:
    By the end of the module the student will be able to:
    Show knowledge and conceptual understanding of theory and research in selected areas of neuroscience, as assessed by continuous exercises and multiple choice tests.

    Additional outcomes:
    Outline content:
    The module will expore the neural bases of reward, emotion and motivation, and applications of research in this field, e.g. drug dependence, mental illness.

    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    (a) Lectures on neuroscience.
    (b) Online discussion forum following lectures.
    (c) Recommended reading in neuroscience.
    (d) Continuous exercises tied to course content, including web-based exercises.

    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Set exercise 30%
    Class test administered by School 70%

    Other information on summative assessment:
    This module is assessed by coursework (30%) and an end-of-term multiple choice test (70%).
    Coursework involves continuous online assessment of students' understanding of the material covered in lectures.

    Formative assessment methods:

    Penalties for late submission:
    The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
    where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
    where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

    The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

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