Carl D. Hopkins
Lecture 01. Introduction to Neurobiology
Purves, D., Augustine, G. J., Fitzpatrick, D., Hall, W. C., LaMantia, A.-S., McNamara, J.
O., and White, L. E. (2007)
. Sinauer Assoc. Sunderland, Mass., Chapter
1 (pp. 1-22).
The overall goals of this course are for students to:
1) Demonstrate mastery of the core principles and concepts of the field of Neuroscience
-- a multi-disciplinary field that attempts to understand the biological basis of neural
activity in behavior.
2) Demonstrate their understanding of the scientific method as applied to neuroscience
by linking fundamental concepts and principles in the field to the basic observations and
experiments that led to their development.
3) Be conversant in multiple approaches used in the field of Neuroscience from
molecules, to cells, and to neural circuits.
4) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the importance of biological evolution
for the study of the human nervous system.
Some specific goals are for students to:
demonstrate understanding of how information is encoded by neurons and neural
circuits: how perceptions are represented, stored, and recalled for later use in
decision making and control of behavior.
understand the basic electrical and chemical mechanisms through which neurons
communicate with one another.
Apply the laws of chemistry and physics to the basic principles of neuronal and
synaptic activity and be able to solve problems related to generation of electrical
impulses, the function of synapses, the generation of patterned discharges by
neural circuits, and the formation of short and long term memories by neural
learn the major components of the central and peripheral nervous system and
their functional roles to the extent they are known.
understand modern views of how the nervous system is built during
development, changes with experience during life, and is disrupted by injury and