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On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Critically evaluate recent research findings in this field.
2. Provide an understanding of the role of the chemical synapse in the integration of the nervous control of synaptic circuits
3. Discuss the role of calcium ion channels and synaptic currents in modulating excitability in the hippocampus.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of basic cellular neurophysiology and how it impacts on the overall hippocampal synaptic circuits.
5. Summarize with detail the essential elements of research papers associated with the course.
There is no specific text book for this course. Content is dependent on research papers. Some papers that are core to the field will be presented and others that are recent and demonstrate recent research activity in synaptic transmission within the CNS and how it is modulated. Links to research papers will be provided.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Students should have a good knowledge of basic electrical properties of neuronal membranes and understand the basic functioning of ion channels, An essential course is BMOL30080. Also this information can be found in the text book Kandel Schwartz and Jessel; Principles of Neural Science.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Assignment: There will be an assignmetn during the course that requires reading course materail and discussing the significance of particular aspects of the science||Unspecified||n/a||Graded||No||
|Examination: Exam comprises sections A and B. One answer from section A and one from section must be competed.||2 hour End of Trimester Exam||No||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
|Autumn||Yes - 2 Hour|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
There are essay and short note exercises provided to the class. Individual feed back is given on these as are graded. When presentations are made in class on research papers, feed back is also provided to the group.
|Professor John O'Connor||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 28||Fri 12:00 - 12:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 23, 24, 25||Mon 15:00 - 15:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 28||Mon 15:00 - 15:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 28||Wed 15:00 - 15:50|