syll129spr2010 - San Jos State University College of Social...

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San José State University College of Social Science, Department of Psychology Psyc/Bio 129, Neuroscience, Section 1 Spring, 2010 Instructor: Dr. Cheryl Chancellor-Freeland Office Location: DMH 317 Telephone: (408) ( 924-5645 ) Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Thurs. 1:30 – 2:30 pm, or by appointment Class Days/Time: Tu/Thurs 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Classroom: DMH 348 Prerequisites: Psyc 1 (Intro to Psych), Psyc 30 (Biopsychology), Faculty Web Page and MYSJSU Messaging Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may be found on my faculty web page at freeland/ or accessible through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the SJSU home page. Course Description Neuroscience is defined as the study of the nervous system. This field comprises several related disciplines including: neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, neuroendocrinology, neuropathology, pharmacology, physiology, and immunology. The united efforts of such disciplines have produced a better understanding of the ultimate function of the nervous system and behavior. This course will examine findings produced by these efforts. It will involve examining specific topics and research methods in detail. Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives Goals for this course fall into three broad categories. Learning outcomes for the first part of the course are a general understanding of the philosophical issues driving much of contemporary neuroscience research; an understanding of mechanisms used during brain development, and a firm hold on biological foundational knowledge as it relates to the central nervous system. The second part of the course will provide students with a detailed understanding of the sensory systems. Following the final section of the course, Neuroscience, Bio/Psyc 129, Spring 2010 Page 1 of 10
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students should have an understanding of how neural systems contribute to various behaviors ranging from motivation to learning. Required Texts/Readings Text: Bear, M. F. (2007). Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain (3 rd ed.). Baltimore, MD: Additional Reading and Resources : Handouts will be provided to supplement reading. Check the site when directed to do so. Writing Assistance: Website (Spartan Web Wizard): id=2691 Research and plagiarism assistance: Library Liaison The SJSU librarian specializes in social sciences and may serve as a resource for the development of research ideas and for finding the most appropriate research materials. Psychology Librarian:
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