111A Syllabus W'10_1


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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES Department of Physiological Science PS 111A Foundations of Physiological Science, Part 1 Winter, 2010 INSTRUCTORS: Dr. Peter Narins , Professor Phone: 825-0265, [email protected] Office: 4835 Life Science Building Office hours: TBA Dr. Mark Frye , Professor Phone: 825-5360, [email protected] Office: 2804 Life Science Building Office hours: TBA Dr. Dwayne Simmons , Professor Phone: 794-1228, [email protected] Office: 4214B Life Science Building Office hours: TBA TA's: 1. Sean Berquist [email protected] 2. Shana Dahlan [email protected] 3. Julia Li [email protected] 4. Shannon Krell [email protected] Information about TA’s office hours and contact information will be provided during the first discussion section meeting. COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduction to principles of neurophysiology: cellular and systems neuroscience, including factors controlling membrane excitability, neuronal circuits, sensorimotor regulation, special senses, cortical functions, and neural plasticity. LECTURE: M, W 10-11:50 in La Kretz 110 DISCUSSION SECTIONS: All sections meet for two hours and will be held in LS 2226. If you have any questions about registration for discussion sections please contact Inna Gergel, Dept. Physiological Science (x53892, LS 2317). You must attend your assigned discussion section. There are no exceptions. i
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REQUIRED TEXTS: Neuroscience . D. Purves, G.J. Augustine, D. Fitzpatrick, W.C. Hall, A-S LaMantia, J.O. McNamara and L.E. White. Sinauer Associates, 4 th edition, 2008. Cellular Physiology of Nerve and Muscle . G.G. Matthews. Blackwell Scientific Publications, 4 th Edition, 2003. Course Readers . There will be NO course reader. Lecture material will be posted on the class website and will be available for viewing and/or downloading. It is strongly advised to bring a copy (print-out or on your laptop) to each Lecture and Discussion Section. Weblinks to the required readings are also posted on the class website. COURSE MECHANICS Graded Quizzes and Discussion Section Assignments Each course module will have three discussion meetings focusing on research readings. You are responsible for the assigned readings each week. For each course block, you will take a quiz in one meeting, and will turn in short written critiques for the other two (see schedule on course syllabus). Weblinks to the required readings are posted on the class website. The quizzes will comprise questions from the readings for that week and will be graded (10 points per quiz). There will be no make-up quizzes. The written assignments will be in the form of very brief written critiques on the readings. Reminiscent of Twitter postings, the “tweets” are strictly limited to 140 words maximum and must convey the necessary background, hypothesis, and results of the study. Your challenge is to distill the essential points of the paper down to the fundamental components. You may not simply regurgitate the abstract, but must convey information not contained in the abstract. You are required to submit an
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