Example_Syllabus - Evolution Introductory...

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1 Cognitive Function Brain Systems Cellular Function Genetics Evolution Behavior Instructor Dr. Ron Rogers Office Hours: Office: DMH, Rm. 315 Monday 9:00 – 11:30 am Phone: 408.924.5652 Tuesday 12:00 – 2:30 pm E-mail: [email protected] Or by appointment Required Readings & Resources: 1. Bloom et al. (2001). Brain, Mind, and Behavior, 3 rd Eds. New York:Worth Publishers. 2. Online chapters Electronic versions are available on the class web site (8 chapters; ~142 pages) 3. Class Web Site http://www.psych.sjsu.edu/~rogersr/ COURSE DESCRIPTION The topics of psychobiology are prodigious in number, ranging from theories of evolution to the function of a single cell within the nervous system. Our tour will begin with an in depth discussion of evolution, including the mechanisms, the machinery (genes), and the modulators (social interaction). From there we will delve into the numerous biological systems (e.g., endocrine, sensory, motor, etc. ..) that have been shaped by these forces. Finally, we will investigate the functional consequences of all of these players with discussions of development, homeostasis, communication, learning and memory and psychological disorders. The shear volume of information and breadth of topics will challenge and perhaps overwhelm you at times, but hang in there. ...by the time we finish; you will possess a solid foundation in biological psychology and will find yourself prepared for an array of more advanced courses in both psychology, biology, and many other health- related fields. GOALS & LEARNING OUTCOMES The goal of this course is to facilitate a basic understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying behavior. By the end of the course, you should minimally have a basic understanding of 1. Natural Selection and its potential contribution to animal behavior. 2. The function of genes and their relationship to behavior. 3. The electrical and chemical properties of neurons 4. The general principles and organization of sensory-motor systems. 5. Exemplar cognitive systems (e.g., memory) and related psychopathology (e.g., Alzheimer’s) Introductory Psychobiology [Psyc 030] Term: Fall 2005 Section (Code): 01 (42550) Where/When: 7:30 – 8:45 MW DMH 353
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2 TESTING & GRADING POLICY Your grade will be determined by your performance in three aspects of the course: Assessment Item and Their Value How Many? % of Final Grade Take-Home Exercises 10 10% Take-Home Quizzes 10 20% In-Class Exams 5 70% A letter grade will be assigned based on a standard distribution of points. Your final grade will be calculated by summing your scores on the 10 quizzes, 10 exercises, and 5 exams. A letter grade will be assigned based on
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