Introduction to Neuroscience - BE9-MINS
- To provide grounding in core Neuroscience concepts
- To provide an appreciation of the breadth and applicability of different research methodologies
- To provide multi-level descriptions of common brain disorders
Journal Club - BE9-MJCLUB
The aim of the course is for students to read and discuss key journal articles relevent to the course
By the end of the course, students will be able to
- Read journal articles and extract the important information
- Do a critical presentation regarding a journal article
- Understand the structure and writing style of high impact journal articles
Two or three papers will be reviewed each week and all papers are available on Blackboard. Members of the group review the papers in their freetime so that at the session they will be able to review the assigned papers.
One person from the group will give a short (10 minutes) summary and critique of the paper allocated (mostly in highlighting the novelty and all the good points of the paper – will be the “for” person for this paper), while another person of the group will try to identify all the shortcomings of the paper and what they authors could have done to improve it (will be the “against” person for this paper).
This is then repeated for the second (and third) paper.
So, in total each week at least four people are presenting (2 for and 2 against). The rest of the group should read the papers and participate in the discussion.
- To introduce methods how to present and discuss important papers in the field of biomechanics
- To introduce methods for presenting data to an interested audience
- To introduce methodsto write an assay of key papers in the field of biomechanics
To introduce students to journal papers and how to read and critique them
The journal club helps students to develop two key skills: to read research papers and to develop critical thinking.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Read journal articles and extract important information.
- Summarise and critically review journal articles.
Computational Neuroscience - BE9-MCNS
- To provide students with an introduction to Computational Neuroscience
- To provide students with an appreciation of the role of computational and theoretical approaches to understanding the nervous system
- To provide students with some practical skills, such as basics knowledge of MATLAB, of numerical tools to simulate models.
Brain-machine Interfaces - BE9-MBMI
This course introduces a technology that is no longer the domain of science fiction, but has become science and is partially used already in clinical settings: the interfacing of the human brain to electronic circuitry. The course will emphasize currently developed and used technologies such as brain-machine interfaces (e.g. for the restoration of movement and communication capabilities of paralyzed patients) and deep-brain stimulation (such as for treatment of Parkinson`s disease).