AP0548 - Neurosciences and Behavioural Sciences

What will I learn on this module?

This module is an interdisciplinary study of the function of the head, neck and nervous system, simultaneously addressing the anatomy, histology, physiology, biochemistry and some pharmacology and pathophysiology. Behavioural science (psychopathology), life span development and learning theory will also be covered. Neurological and psychiatric case studies will be presented as an integral component. The overall goal is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the effects of damage to the head, neck and nervous system as presented in general clinical medicine as well as in specialties such as Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Ophthalmology.

How will I learn on this module?

St. George’s University actively promotes technology-enhanced learning through the use of an electronic educational platform (SAKAI), TurningPoint interactive audience response software (clickers), and the ExamSoft testing platform. You will acquire knowledge and understanding through didactic lectures, small group discussions, and independent study via video presentations. Practical lab sessions involving Gross Anatomy, Ultrasound, Imaging, Simulation labs, and Standardized Patient Exams are integral forms of relating acquired basic science knowledge into a clinical scenario. You will participate in weekly interactive multiple choice question (iMCQ) sessions involving the presentation of higher-order questions relevant to medical licensing exams. These sessions allow for peer discussion and faculty-guided review enabling you to improve critical thinking and test-taking skills. Formative assessment is provided through non-credit question and answer sets, practice quizzes hosted on the electronic educational platform, weekly iMCQ sessions and via in-class clicker questions during each lecture. Professionalism and skills proficiency will be formatively assessed through small-group activities (e.g. small-group discussions and labs). Summative assessment will be provided in the form of a midterm and final examination consisting entirely of multiple choice questions delivered on ExamSoft. All relevant information including the module syllabus, timetable, course and lecture documents, reading lists, faculty contact details and assessment details will be posted on SAKAI.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Faculty provides support during office hours and via email to clarify concepts and/or direct you to relevant resources. All teaching and assessment material, including web-based practice problems and quizzes, case reports and other supportive material, will be posted on the electronic course management site (SAKAI). Junior Clinical Faculty members provide guidance and learning support to you with case discussions, worksheets, imaging and clinical practical skills within small group and practical lab sessions. You will also be assigned faculty advisors to provide academic and personal support.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

By the end of the module, you will be expected to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Understand the structures of head, neck and the nervous system, their development, and their sensory, motor and psycho-neurobehavioural functions.
2. Apply this knowledge to analyze the mechanisms that lead to pathological processes of head, neck and brain functions.
3. Apply this knowledge to analyze normal and abnormal progression though the lifespan, including mechanisms of learning.
4. Elaborate on differential diagnoses and on the biopsychosocial treatment options for disorders of head, neck and brain including pathological neuropsychiatric conditions.

How will I be assessed?

You will be formatively assessed through in-class weekly interactive clicker questions and through non-credit practice quizzes hosted on the electronic educational platform. Professionalism and skills proficiency will be formatively assessed through small-group activities (e.g. small-group discussions and labs).

Summative assessments
1. Assessments in small groups (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4)
2. Weekly graded online quizzes & iMCQ sessions (MLO 1, 2, 3)
3. Midterm Exam (MLO 1, 2, 3)
4. Final Exam (MLO 1, 2, 3)
5. Practical Exam (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4)





Module abstract

This module will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the complexities of human behaviour and its neurological and anatomical underpinnings. You will study disorders of human neurological development with an emphasis on behavioural sequelae. You will become familiar with biopsychosocial treatment options for neuropsychiatric diseases. Professional competencies, including clinical reasoning, components of practical clinical skills used in neurological examinations, basic interpretation of modern imaging techniques, and communication and interpersonal skills will be developed through small group practical sessions and interactive settings. The concepts learned in this module will provide you with the fundamental knowledge required for the start of the student’s second year of medical school as well as board exams and core clinical clerkships, including Psychiatry.

Course info

Credits 31

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 Year Programme

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start August or January

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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