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ns101A reader-Bear-09 - 9/15/09 Bear version Neuroscience...

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9/15/09 Bear version Neuroscience 101a 1 NEUROSCIENCE 101A COURSE READER Fall, 2009 SCOTT H. CHANDLER, PH.D DEPT. PHYSIOLOGICAL SCIENCE (Figures by Marvin Castillo) NOTE: This is not a textbook , but just a compilation of my notes to help guide you during and outside of lecture. It is written in note form. It is not a substitute for NOT coming to class.
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9/15/09 Bear version Neuroscience 101a 2 NEUROSCIENCE 101A, FALL 2009 COURSE READER FOR MODULE I, CELLULAR NEUROPHYSIOLOGY Dr. Scott H. Chandler Students, welcome to NS 101A. I hope you will find this an enjoyable and rewarding course for I thoroughly enjoy teaching this material. To help you obtain the most out of my section of the course I would like you to follow a few guidelines (based upon 29 yrs worth of student feedback) that I think you will find useful. 1. You must attend lecture . This course is full of concepts that on first glance may appear easy to grasp. However, that might not be the case after you think about them for awhile. Therefore, it is very import to listen to how I present these concepts. I usually present the same concept but in different ways so you can see how it is actually applied. By relying on the books and my notes only, you might not get a full appreciation for the concept. (Also, you will miss my jokes!!). I have found that in general, those students that attend all lectures do better. 2. Bring course reader to every single lecture . I do not write very much since my writing is terrible. I show a lot of slides and overheads. So for your convenience, I have included many of the slides in the reader. Some of them are from your book, so if it is not in the reader, you can just open the book instead. However, there are slides I show from other sources. When possible, I list the equivalent slide in the Bear book for you. In many instances, I modified them and included them in the reader so you need not copy them down in class. Just bring the reader and follow along. 3. Listening concept . I have prepared a detailed reader that is essentially my notes. I believe it is very, very important to listen carefully to what I am saying. In a course with a lot of details, if you take copious notes, you might miss a certain percentage of what I am saying and how I am saying it. So, you must trust me that I will stick to my notes and that you need not feel you must be writing everything down. In fact, I don’t think you need to write anything (or very little only) down since the material you are responsible for is contained in my notes and is also explained in the texts. Just listen to how the material is presented and follow along in the reader. 4. Studying and study groups . My section contains concepts to understand, and not a bunch of facts to memorize. To help you with the concepts, it is important that you be able to explain these concepts to someone else, clearly. If you can do this, you are on the right tract. So, to help you along, every Friday I will post about 5-10 study questions that you should start working on ASAP. If you leave
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