SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B122338
Module Leader Les Wood
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

This module must only be undertaken by students on P01702 BSc (Hons) Clinical Physiology programme. Co-requisite details: students must be working in a clinical environment.

Summary of Content

This module covers fundamental aspects of clinical neurophysiology practice, together with a grounding in the basis of clinical neurophysiology instrumentation and methodologies, including those used in electroencephalography and evoked potentials. The module will reflect and support the material covered in the Work-Based Learning clinical modules for Neurophysiology.


Arial Greek; General patient care and patient safety; Functional neuroanatomy; Electroencephalography - analogue & digital recording systems, calibration procedures and standard operating procedures for equipment, post-acquisition processing, electrode placement systems (10-20, Maudsley), amplifier connection convention, derivation (bipolar, common/average/source reference), montage design, localization of EEG potentials, sources and elimination of artefacts, indication/contraindication/effect of activation procedures (hyperventilation, photic stimulation, sleep). Waveform measurement and annotation - EEG recordings in normal adults/adolescents/children, common variants (b5, eb), effect of patient state/drugs/activation. Epilepsy: diagnosis, work-up, techniques, pharmacology (drug groups, modes of action, therapeutic dose, toxicity, half life), drugs of choice, surgery

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:- demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of instrumentation used in clinical neurophysiology; - describe and explain the basic recording techniques utilized in electroencepahlography; - describe and explain the normal EEG and the effects of activation techniques, drugs and level of awareness; - demonstrate an understanding of the basic pathophysiology, signs and symptoms of epilepsy

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module material will be delivered in a 2 - 3 week specialist block by a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars as well as directed learning exercises, practical problems and data interpretation. Lectures will provide the foundation material for the module which will be supplemented and enhanced by material delivered elsewhere on the programme. Tutorials will also allow practical applications of individual topics to the students' own work experience to be examined and discussed.

Indicative Reading

-993-1 Burgess R.C. et al. (2001), Fundamentals of EEG Technology, Williams & Williams Donaghy M (Ed) (2000), Brain's Diseases of the nervous system, Oxford Osselton J.W. (1996), Clinical Neurophysiology , Butterworth-Heinemann Nicholls J.G.G. (2000), From neuron to brain, Sinauer Associates Cooper R., Binnie C. and Billings R. (Eds) (2005), Techniques in Clinical Neurophysiology: A practical manual, Elsevier Spillane J. (1996), Bickerstaff's Neurological examination in clinical practice, Blackwell Science Embersole J. et al. (2002), Current practice of clinical electroencephalography, Lippencott-Raven

Transferrable Skills

The student should be able to: Apply basic physiological knowledge to the function of their own body and into their own professional area; integrate theory with practical evidence as obtained in the workplace; manipulate and interpret data in an appropriate fashion.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (PT) 32.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Lectures (PT) 48.00
Independent Learning (PT) 100.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 02 1.00 50.00 35% objective questions
Exam (Dept) 01 1.00 50.00 35% short answer questions