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09-502-syllabus1 - BME 502 Advanced Studies of the Nervous...

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BME 502 – Advanced Studies of the Nervous System Syllabus, Fall 2009 Course Overview This course is an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system for BME graduate students, with an emphasis on computational aspects of normal and pathological brain function. The course material is focused at two main levels: (1) mechanisms underlying the functions of individual neurons, and (2) structure and function of the major sensory and motor systems of the brain. A basic knowledge of linear circuit theory and Matlab programming skills are assumed. Learning Objectives Learning objectives are the new knowledge and skills you can expect to gain by successfully completing this course. They are to: 1. Master basic neuroscience knowledge relating to mechanisms of signal generation and propagation and cell-cell communication in the central nervous system. 2. Master basic neuroscience knowledge relating to sensory and motor systems organization in the brain. 3. Gain exposure to key examples of nervous system dysfunction and corresponding BME interventions (e.g. cochlear implants for hearing loss, retinal implants for central vision loss, bion implants for paralysis). 4. Use engineering math (e.g. circuit analysis) to model and understand complex biological processes. 5. Develop computer programming skills using a state-of-the-art engineering tool (Matlab) to model biological systems. 6.
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2009 for the course BME 502 taught by Professor Mel during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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