Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions


Introduction to Neuroscience

Module titleIntroduction to Neuroscience
Module codeCSC1006
Academic year2020/1
Module staff

Dr Yuktee Dogra (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

In this module you will be introduced to a variety of biochemistry topics. You will learn the importance of biochemistry in all living processes. The principles of biochemistry will be discussed in this module will be illustrated through references to physiological phenomena, with particular attention paid to those arising through neural mechanisms. (!)

To complement the theory of biochemistry covered in the lectures, you will also undertake laboratory practical work where you will be introduced to techniques that cover fundamental biochemistry skills and enzyme kinetics.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module introduces you to core concepts in human biochemistry and complements these with appropriate practical class sessions. The module will discuss topics including structure of proteins, enzyme kinetics and metabolic pathways. The module will also provide a background to fundamental aspects of chemistry. The theory of various techniques used to study biochemistry will be discussed to complement the laboratory practical class sessions.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Understand the basic concepts of biochemistry
  • 2. Understand the range and structures of biological molecules
  • 3. Summarise the relationship between chemical structure and biological function
  • 4. Understand fundamental metabolic pathways
  • 5. Communicate key practical skills relating specifically to biochemistry of the human body
  • 6. Illustrate essential elementary chemistry and structural organic chemistry

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Describe how the basic biochemistry phenomena contribute to neural processes
  • 8. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of chemistry and biochemistry
  • 9. Begin to utilise simple biochemistry techniques to analyse enzyme kinetics and analyse the experimental results

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 10. Communicate ideas effectively by written and oral means
  • 11. Begin to identify appropriate information from various relevant sources including teaching material, books and the internet
  • 12. Develop skills for independent study

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows:

We will cover topics including

  • Techniques in Biochemistry
  • Fundamental aspects of Chemistry
  • Amino acids and proteins
  • Protein structures
  • Protein folding and neurodegenerative disease
  • Enzymes and co -enzymes
  • Allosteric enzymes
  • Enzyme kinetics
  • Metabolism - Glycolysis
  • Citric acid cycle
  • Electron transport chain and ATP synthesis
  • Fatty acid metabolism¬†

These will be covered through lectures, data analysis and laboratory practical sessions.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities20Lectures (16 x 1 hour) (2 x 2 hours)
Scheduled learning and teaching activities12Biochemistry laboratory practical sessions including electrophoresis, spectrophotometry and isolation of proteins will reinforce concepts covered in lectures, emphasising the nature of scientific enquiry (4 x 3 hours)
Guided independent study70Lecture consolidation and reading
Guided independent study48Revision


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Practice exam30 minutes1-8, 10-12Online model answers
Laboratory-based skillsOnline videos1-10Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Biochemistry practical problem sets 1 & 2. To be submitted online20Problems based on practicals1-10Written feedback
Biochemistry practical problem sets 3. To be submitted online. 10Problems based on practical 31-10Written feedback
Biochemistry practical write-up 4. To be submitted online.10Data analysis based on practical 41-10Written feedback
MCQ examination602 hour1-8, 10-12Written


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Biochemistry group practical problem sets (40%)Biochemistry practical problem sets (individual) 1-10August referral/deferral period
MCQ examination (60%)MCQ examination (2 hour)1-8, 10-12August referral/deferral period


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Hames D and Hooper N (2011) Instant Notes in Biochemistry, 4th Ed, CRC Press, ISBN - 13 978-0415-60845-9 

Berg JM, Tymoczko JL, Stryer L (2012) Biochemstry, 7th Ed., Freeman ISBN 13: 978-1-4292-7635-1 

Voet DJ, Voet JG and Pratt CW (2008) Principles of Biochemistry, 3rd Ed., John Wiley and Sons, ISBN-13 978-0470-23396-2

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Proteins, enzymes, amino acids, metabolism, sugars, energy, mitochondria, ATP synthesis, TCA cycle, enzyme kinetics, thermodynamics, glycolysis, fatty acid metabolism and chemistry

Credit value15
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