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365R syllabus -Fall 2010 copy 2

365R syllabus -Fall 2010 copy 2 - VERTEBRATE...

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VERTEBRATE PHYSIOLOGY (BIOLOGY 365R) Fall 2010 Semester (Tu-Th 11:00-12:30 RLM 6.104) (Tu-Th 12:30-2:00   6.104) Instructors: Dr. George Pollak (332 Patterson Labs) [email protected] (Office Hours- Wed. 3-5 in Patterson 313) Dr. Harold Zakon (328 Patterson Labs) [email protected] (Office Hours Tuesday 2-3) Teaching Assistants : Billy Lau Patterson 519 [email protected] Ammon Thompson Patterson 329 [email protected]il.com Course Outline and Content Part I. Cellular Neurobiology (Detailed syllabus is attached) Part II. Systems Neurobiology The course is divided into two parts, each about 6 weeks. The first portion of the course is concerned with cellular and biophysical features of the nervous system. During the first six weeks we will consider how individual nerve cells, or neurons, generate their electrical signals, how those signals are transmitted along their processes, or axons, and how one nerve cell communicates with other neurons or muscle cells via chemical synaptic transmission. We also will consider how nerve cells control muscular contractions. The second part of the course is concerned with integrative neuroscience or how systems of nerve cells are organized and how nervous systems work. We will discuss the basic wiring of the mammalian nervous system, or how nerve cells are connected in the brain, with particular emphasis on the cerebral cortex. We will consider some of the perceptual and cognitive changes that occur in people who suffer strokes to restricted regions of the cortex. These will illustrate that our awareness of the world is due to constructions made by the brain and will further illustrate that the way the brain constructs reality is completely counter-intuitive. Finally, we will consider how the brain accomplishes these constructions by considering how the eye first breaks up the visual world and then how the visual world is then reconstructed, in the most surprising ways, by the visual portions of the cortex. Textbooks : The only required “text” for the course is the "Packet for 365R” that is on sale at the University Co-Op. Reading assignments will be from the packet and are given in the assignments below. Students can supplement their readings from Neuroscience by Purves, Augustine,
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Fitzpatrick, LaMantia and McNamara (fourth edition). This textbook can be purchased at the Co- Op and is also on reserve at the Science Library in the Main Building. Readings from Neuroscience are not required but you may want a supplement to the lectures and readings from the packet. We have indicated the appropriate chapters for each lecture in the lecture schedule below. During the second half of the course, there will also be assigned readings from " Conversations with Neil's Brain" by William Calvin and George Ojemann. You do not have to purchase " Conversations with Neil's Brain” since it is available on-line and you can download each of the assigned chapters or the whole book free of charge. The weblink is: http://williamcalvin.com/bk7/bk7ch1.htm .  If you wish to purchase a paperbound copy, I suggest 
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