NEUR30060 Sensory Neuroscience

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module forms part of the curriculum for the B.Sc. degree in Neuroscience. The course describes in detail the anatomy and physiology of the sensory system and the main sensory pathways and transduction of sensory information. Emphasis is placed on the physiological processing of sensory information at the receptor level and in the sensory cortex. The module describes in detail the special senses with particular focus on the optics of the eye and central processing of vision, and also hearing, vestibular function, olfaction and gustation. The physiological basis of pain is also described. Some diseases of the senses are also alluded to. Practicals in sensory neuroscience, including the eye and ear are carried out during the trimester.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the module students should be able to:
1. Understand the anatomy of sensory pathways and sensory receptors
2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the optics and physiology of vision
3. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the physiology of cutaneous receptors, hearing and balance, gustation and olfaction.
4. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the physiology of pain.
5. Acquire laboratory skills in measuring optic and auditory function, including the writing of laboratory reports.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

24

Tutorial

2

Practical

15

Autonomous Student Learning

69

Total

110

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, Student Presentations, Lab work 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

NEUR20050 or PHYS20020 or equivalent learning


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Incompatibles:
PHYS30220 - Neuromuscular Physiology

Equivalents:
Sensory Neuroscience (BMOL30060), Sensory Neuroscience (PHYS30150)


 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: End of semester essay exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No

60

Presentation: Oral presentation from a list of topics Week 12 n/a Graded No

10

Continuous Assessment: Lab note book write-ups Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No

20

Multiple Choice Questionnaire: In term MCQ week 6 to 8 Week 7 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

10


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

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Name Role
Assoc Professor Caroline Herron Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Alan Hoban Tutor
Niamh Moreton Tutor
Martina Puzio Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Spring
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Fri 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31 Tues 10:00 - 12:50
Practical Offering 2 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31 Thurs 10:00 - 12:50
Spring