NEUR20050 Principles of Neuroscience

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module forms part of the core curriculum for the B.Sc. Neuroscience degree. The module introduces the student to all aspects of the nervous system, particularly the central nervous system. Major concepts of the nervous system at a molecular, cellular and systems level along with core underlying principles will be discussed. The module will begin by describing electrical signalling by nerve cells, sensory receptors, development of the nervous system, motor function and leading up to higher cortical functions such as cognition and memory. In addition students will be introduced to the special senses and diseases of the nervous system such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should have an understanding of: 1. Development of the nervous system 2. Electrical signaling in nerve cells and synaptic transmission 3. Sensory receptors and special senses 4. Motor and higher cortical function 5. Introduction to some diseases of the nervous system.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
lectures; active/task-based learning;; enquiry & problem-based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

An basic understanding of cell and molecular biology

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
NEUR40120 - Principles of Neuroscience

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Exam (In-person): Exit exam MCQ n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Exam (In-person): Mid term MCQ n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Exam (Online): MCQ based on a home assignment n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback given individually to students where requested

Name Role
Dr Olga Baron Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Gary Brennan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Caroline Herron Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor John O'Connor Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Sean Quinlan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer