Identifying Data 2019/20
Subject (*) Neurobiology Code 610441007
Study programme
Mestrado Universitario en Bioloxía Molecular , Celular e Xenética
Descriptors Cycle Period Year Type Credits
Official Master's Degree 2nd four-month period
First Optional 3
Teaching method Face-to-face
Department Bioloxía
Díaz Prado, María Luz
Díaz Prado, María Luz
Folgueira Otero, Mónica
General description Coñecemento dos mecanismos biolóxicos básicos polos cales o sistema nervioso regula o comportamento, a interacción entre os sistemas sensitivos e motores e a integración dos diferentes circuítos nerviosos.
Contingency plan

Study programme competencies
Code Study programme competences
A6 Skills of understanding the functioning of cells through the structural organization, biochemistry, gene expression and genetic variability.
A7 Skills of knowing and analyzing specific cellular systems as stem cells, nerve cells, cells of the immune system, or other cells related to several pathologies.
A8 Skills of having an integrated view of the previously acquired knowledge about Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics, with an interdisciplinary approach and experimental work.
B3 Skills of management of the information: that are able to gather and to understand relevant information and results, obtaining conclusions and to prepare reasoned reports on scientific and biotechnological questions
B5 Correct oral and written communication on scientific topics in the native language and at least in another International diffusion language.
B9 Skills of preparation, show and defense of a work.
C1 Adequate oral and written expression in the official languages.
C2 Mastering oral and written expression in a foreign language.
C8 Valuing the importance of research, innovation and technological development for the socioeconomic and cultural progress of society.

Learning aims
Learning outcomes Study programme competences
Students will acquire knowledge on the basic mechanisms by which the nervous system regulates behaviour, interaction between motor and sensory systems and integration of the different neural circuits. AR6

Topic Sub-topic
1) Neuron Doctrine: historical introduction to modern neurobiology
Reticular Theory
Golgi’s technique and Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s studies
Neuron Doctrine

2) Neuron organization and signalling
Basic structure of the neuron
Types of neurons
Electrical synapse
Chemical synapse
3) The changing brain Early development of the nervous system
Formation of neural circuits
Modification of neural circuits and synaptic plasticity

4) Anatomic organization of the nervous system Anatomy of the central nervous system
Anatomy of the peripheral nervous system
Basic notions on comparative neuroanatomy

5) Neural basis of sensory perception Somatic sensory system
Visual system
Chemosensory system
Auditory and vestibular system

6) Neural control of motor activity and its coordination General organization of the systems involved in motor control
7) Complex encephalic functions Learning and memory

8) Techniques for the study of the encephalon Transgenics.

Methodologies / tests Competencies Ordinary class hours Student’s personal work hours Total hours
Guest lecture / keynote speech A6 A7 A8 7 14 21
Laboratory practice C8 7 7 14
Document analysis B3 B5 B9 C1 C2 6 24 30
Objective test A6 A7 A8 2 6 8
Personalized attention 2 0 2
(*)The information in the planning table is for guidance only and does not take into account the heterogeneity of the students.

Methodologies Description
Guest lecture / keynote speech Lectures will be sixty minutes long. Teachers will discuss the contents of the syllabus. Students are advised to read in advance about some fundamental aspects of the class in the recommended texts.
Laboratory practice They will consist on identifying different regions of the nervous system, learning about the use of model systems to study the nervous system both in normal and pathological conditions, using interactive webpages and on line neuroanatomical atlases.
Document analysis Each student will read a recent article that has been designated by the teacher and complements contents of lectures. Students will present a brief summary of their article, followed by a discussion with the rest of the class.
Objective test It will be an exam about the contents reflected on the syllabus of the subject. The exam will consist of multiple choice, true/false and/or questions to be answered briefly.

Personalized attention
Document analysis
Laboratory practice

Methodologies Competencies Description Qualification
Document analysis B3 B5 B9 C1 C2 The teacher will assess clarity of presentation and level of understanding of the article by the students. The teacher will also assess any graphics used for the presentation and students participation in other discussions in the class.
In this activity, the acquisition of the B3, B5, B9 skills are valued.
Objective test A6 A7 A8 It will consist of any of the following types of questions: multiple choice, gap-filling, matching, ordering answers, and short answers.In this activity, the acquisition of specific skills A9, A10 and A11 will be evaluated.

Assessment comments

It is a necessary condition that all students (face-to face and semi-face-to-face) approve the activity "Analysis of documentary sources" to be able to pass the subject.

Students on flexible learning system
(attending classes and working from home) can substitute “Document analysis”
for an assay regarding any content of the syllabus.

The second opportunity of the year (exam of
July) will consist of test that will be marked for the 100% of the rating for
all students.

"Matricula de Honor" distinction will be awarded to students taking the exam on the first opportunity of the academic year.

Sources of information

Bibliografía básica:

- Dale Purves et al. (2008). Neuroscience. Sinauer Associates, cop. 4th ed.

- Eric R. Kandel, James H. Schwartz, Thomas M. Jessell (2000).Principios de neurociencia. McGraw Hill-Interamericana.

- Greg Lemke (2009). Developmental neurobiology. Academic Press-Elsevier.

- John H. Byrne; James L. Roberts (2009). From molecules to networks an introduction to cellular and molecular neuroscience. Elsevier.

- Larry Squire et al. (2008). Fundamental neuroscience. Academic Press.

- Daniel P. Cardinale (2007). Neurociencia aplicada: sus fundamentos. Editorial Médica Panamericana.



Subjects that it is recommended to have taken before

Subjects that are recommended to be taken simultaneously

Subjects that continue the syllabus
Histoloxía Vexetal e Animal/610212104
Organografía Microscópica/610212628

Other comments

Students are advised students to study making use of all material available, including the recommended bibliography and web sources.

(*)The teaching guide is the document in which the URV publishes the information about all its courses. It is a public document and cannot be modified. Only in exceptional cases can it be revised by the competent agent or duly revised so that it is in line with current legislation.