SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MHB123722
Module Leader James Reilly
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of Neurophysiology 1, 2 and 3 with special topics

Summary of Content

The module will extend the student's knowledge of applied neuroanatomy in the special senses pathways. This understanding will enhance the investigation of the use of evoked potentials as monitoring tools during surgical operations and following major head trauma as examples of more specialised techniques. Pharmacological treatment for CNS conditions will be considered in the module's Special Topics section.


-567 Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology Sensory processing: somatosensory pathways, visual pathways, auditory pathways; thalamic and cortical processing; disorders of sensory processing Motor control: cortical control; direct and indirect descending motor pathways; disorders of motor control Effect of lesions: consequences of damage to and dysfunction of efferent and afferent pathways; head trauma; immediate and delayed effects. Neurophysiological recording Evoked potentials: auditory, visual, somatosensory, motor, per-operatively, in ITU EMG: single fibre, macro-EMG, blink reflex Thermal Threshold testing Peripheral and central disorders: Myopathies, channelopathies, multiple sclerosis Neuroimaging Use of special techniques: functional MRI, PET, MEEG, 3D-ultrasound For special topics, students can choose to study 2 from the following list (not previously selected in year 3): Unit 1: Psychopharmacology Unit 2: Neuropathophysiology and therapeutics Unit 3: System Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 - Cardiovascular system Unit 4: System Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 - Respiratory and GI systems Unit 5: System Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3 - Pulmonary system

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module.the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the neural structures and mechanisms involved in the transmission, integration and analysis of somatosensory, visual and auditory sensory input.2. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the neural structures and mechanisms involved in complex motor control.3. Explain the clinical significance of findings from specialised electrophysiological and imaging techniques.4. Discuss the mechanisms of action of drugs used in the treatment and management of a range of CNS disorders.5. Apply pharmacological knowledge to pathophysiological processes.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

T his specialist content of this module will be delivered mainly by senior NHS practitioners, clinicians and consultants. The main mode of delivery will be lectures supplemented by on-line exercises, guided reading and tutorial discussions of case study scenarios. Special topics will be delivered by research active GCU staff

Indicative Reading

Suggested Reading: Brodal, P. (2010) The Central Nervous System . 4 th Edition. Oxford. Naish, J. et al . (2011) Medical Sciences . Saunders. Michael-Titus, A. et al . (2010) The Nervous System: Basic Science and Clinical Conditions . 2 nd Edition. Churchill Livingstone. Grossman, S. (2013) Porth's Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States . 9 th Edition. Lippincott. Martini, F.H. et al . (2014) Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology . 10 th Edition. Pearson. Rang, H.P. et al . (2015) Rang & Dale's Pharmacology . 8 th Edition. Churchill Livingstone.

Transferrable Skills

Data analysis and interpretation Problem solving Practical skills Application of theory to practice Time management Team-working during group sessions Communication skills Critical analysis Self-directed study

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 155.00
Tutorials (FT) 30.00
Lectures (FT) 80.00
Practicals (FT) 5.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 02 1.50 30.00 35% Unseen, to assess special topics content
Exam (Dept) 01 3.00 70.00 35% Unseen, to assess discipline specific material