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The University of Bath 4.2 / 194 reviews
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James Lee

Overall an interesting module, especially for those interested in neuroscience, but not just in neurodegeneration. 

The module is split into two halves-the first is Systems neurobiology, the other developmental neurobiology (in case you couldn't get that from the title). The systems stuff splits the brain into several of its general functions (e.g. motor control, pain perception, language processing) and discusses the key brain areas involved with each, and how signals are transduced from sensory organ, to the brain, and back to an effector to initiate a response. Its quite difficult to understand at times (and a lot of looking at brain circuit diagrams from a text book) but overall pretty interesting. 

The other stuff is developmental biology-so really, you should have some knowledge of basic developmental biology before starting-mainly of gastrulation, the main morphogenetic changes during development (MET, EMT, epiboly, convergent extension, involution), and key molecules involved in development (Shh, Wnt, RA, FGF, BMP). This is then expanded to neurulation, neural plate formation, neuron migration, and neural crest cells. 

Overall the teaching is really good, and the only thing that makes stuff difficult to understand is how difficult the actual topics are-so it will need quite a bit of reading outside of lectures. Lecturers are usually quick to answer questions you send them too, and usually are happy to discuss the topic after. Lectures are also recorded as of 2017. 

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Anonymous

Overall I would not recommend this module for final year/masters students. The module is a seminar based unit-50% of your grade is for a presentation, 40% for an essay, and 10% for participation in discussions. 

For the presentations, groups were often given conflicting information on what was expected from our presentation. Some were told that "Modern" in the unit title meant we should only (or largely) be discussing research from the last 3 year, whilst others were told that some research hasn't been continued for several years, so others could be used. 

Due to larger student numbers than previous years, presentations were changes to group presentations. This was incredibly dentrimental to all of us- my personal experience featured being put in a group of three, with one person who put in very little effort. Every group has also been criticised for giving three separate presentations by each member of the group-which is an unrealistic expectation in my mind. As masters/final year students, we don't have enough time to meet up with a group and construct a presentation together. 

The emphasis of the presentations was meant to be on the METHODS for researching neurodegeneration, however the actual brief of this was poorly defined. For example, the description of the "behaviour" topic mentioned animal and human research, but the group who presented this topic were criticised for focusing too much on animal research. For those looking at molecular techniques, we were told in our initial seminar to not go into substantial detail of specific methods that may be considered quite complex to understand-but every group has been criticised for doing so subsequently. 

Overall it has been an incredibly frustrating module in trying to understand what we were actually  meant to be doing, with apparently conflicting messages, and a format that would have discouraged me from choosing it, had I been aware. 

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Well structured course, although feedback can be slow at times. Many options and areas of focus provide the breadth and depth required to apply academia into the workplace.

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Well structured course, although feedback can be slow at times. Many options and areas of focus provide the breadth and depth required to apply academia into the workplace.

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Anonymous

Quantum physics is an extremely mathematical unit with some hard concepts to grasp. There are a lot of derivations and not everything follows the usual laws of physics! Having said that, the lecturers are extremely helpful in this unit and always willing to talk to the students to try and help them understand when they are struggling. They have at least one problems class per week in which students can go along and complete problems with the lecture present for help if they get stuck. Once you get past the mathematical aspect of this unit, it is a really interesting thoughtful course.

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Anonymous

Really good module, would recommend if you are interested in studying developmental biology in the future, or are just interested in it. 

Topic is a seminar module-so it depends if you like that kind of format. The format is you get assigned two topics, you do a 15 min presentation on one and a 1,500 word essay on the other. There are a big range of topics, you are just assigned a broad topic (e.g. disorders with chromosomal aneuploidy) and are given a free choice of what you want to write/talk about. 

Assessment is 50% your talk, 40% your essay mark and 10% how much you contribute to the discussion after each talk. The module is lead by Prof Kelsh and Dr Perry, both are really great, give really good feedback, but will quiz you a lot about your chosen topic (they really know their stuff) so you have to be very prepared for it. But it beats doing exams for those who would rather not do them. 

My only real criticisms are that I have to print out so many copies of the essay (why when we submit it online anyway) and you dont get your marks back in 3 weeks like you are meant to (its actually February, meaning even if you do your talk in October you have to wait 4+ months to get it back). 

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Anonymous

This module is....ok. Pretty useful for covering some of the basics in studying development, and what we already know about some of the key stages. I feel like unless you are really interested in most of it you won't enjoy the module that much. 

They let Masters students sit the module two if you do the Developmental Biology Masters degrees. This meant the lectures were at 5:15pm and 8:15 am, which was pretty ridiculous and meant I missed most of them in favour of other commitments, or because of the buses being terrible around where I live. 

Topics covered in 2016 (if you are interested)-

Techniques used to study development,  Model organisms for studying development  Doing forward/reverse genetic screens  Gametogenesis and fertilisation  Early embryonic development   Epigenetics and imprinting  Gastrulation  Making and using stem cells  How transgenic organisms are made 

If you dont like half of these, I would avoid the module. 

Some of the teaching was really good, but others, like the lectures on epigenetics at the end of the module were just incredibly difficult to follow. The lectures aren't even recorded so you can't review later, and usually the slides are of that great quality. 

Practicals were immunostaining of a whole mouse embryo, and in situ hybdritisation, again of a whole mouse embryo. Not one for people who don't particularly want to see dead mice embryos. Also, the practicals require you to come in to the lab all week over a several hour period, which is a pain and sometimes not even worth it in the end. 

Assessment was 20% practical booklet questions, 80% exam. The exam was 1 hour for 2 essays on two different topics-but one hour is definitely not long enough, I was just writing constantly for 50 minutes and still didnt write anywhere near enough for what I wanted to say. 

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The course is the most comprehensive course i have heard of compared with other uni's. However this does mean that the workload can occasionally be quite high. The lecturers are very friendly and always willing to help, all you need to do is ask! the tutoring in the first two years is brilliant, with small groups it is vital for the proper understanding.

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My course is 4 years long as the third year is in industry. There is a lot of work involved as the course is hard, I find it very interesting though. There are also practical work involved which is interesting to put the content into practice. As well as science modules there is a biomaths module as maths is essential for calculation and formulas on the course.

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Regarding Mathematics, I quite like how my course is structured. There is a lot of support if necessary - the Mathematics and Statistics Help Center are really helpful. Regarding the Computer Science ones, I am not sufficed as we are only taught the basics and then we are told to look up on the internet the details.

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