Foundation of Neuroscience


Year One


This module considers the structure and function of the nervous system and synaptic communication in general. It goes on to cover in greater detail the structure and function of the sensory, autonomic and enteric nervous systems.

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the topographical organisation of the nervous system; in particular, the sensory division of the somatic, the enteric and autonomic nervous systems. Also, demonstrate knowledge of the distribution and function of the cranial nerves
  • Understand the principles by which neurons are able to: receive and recognise information from the internal and external environments; to generate electrical signals; to communicate with other cells via synapses and neurotransmitter receptors (including the multi-synaptic pathways of simple reflexes)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and function of the organs involved in the special senses of sight and hearing and chemical senses
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the different glial cell types in the nervous system, including their function and roles
  • Be able to understand concepts explored in, and interpret data generated by, a quantitative experiment.


  • Coursework
  • Examination