NEUR40110 Sensory Neuroscience

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module runs alongside the B.Sc. Neuroscience degree programme. 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.

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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.
3. Provide experience of computer aided learning.
4. Learn skills in communicating neuroscience concepts in a clear and scientific manner.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
group work;
active/task-based learning; 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Essay on topic from Module Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Final Exam in Exam period at end trimester on all topics covered 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Class Test: MCQ Exam Unspecified n/a Standard 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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

MCQ exam results individual feedback. Essay feedback individual

Name Role
Dr Olga Baron Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Nuala Brady Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Caroline Herron Lecturer / Co-Lecturer