About this course

The purpose of this course is to support you in learning about synapses and neurotransmitters and to help you understand their significance in health and illness. The activities and information can be accessed in many different ways although the table of contents does offer a logical sequence. All healthcare students whether on pre- or post-qualifying courses should find all or some of the activities useful. You can see at a glance in the table below any topics you might want to begin with. Don't miss all the other items which you can find in the table of contents!

Who is it for: All students on pre- and post-registration courses in health care.

Possible learning outcomes:

  •  Describe the structure of a chemical synapse
  • Explain how messages are transmitted from one neurone to another
  • Outline the different classes of neurotransmitters
  • Explain how stimulation of a postsynaptic cell is stopped
  • Outline receptor regulation: receptor up and down regulation
  • Appreciate the significance of summation
  • Explain how drugs modify synaptic transmission
  • Describe the role of neurotransmitters in pain transmission and modulation
  • Outline the role of neurotransmitters in depression
  • Explain how neurotransmitters control heart function

Click on to find out more about:

Synaptic Transmission
Types of Receptors
Receptor Regulation
Heart Control

Please give us feedback on the course by emailing helen.godfrey@uwe.ac.uk