Intro NS Syllabus--fall '11

Intro NS Syllabus--fall '11 - Introduction to Neuroscience...

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Introduction to Neuroscience Fall 2011 1 NEUR 2050 Introduction to Neuroscience Fall 2011 MWF 10:30 – 11:20AM CRN 22911 Location: Social Sciences Building Rm 378 Professors: Dr. Matthew Schmolesky and Dr. Barbara Trask Professor’s e-mail: [email protected] and [email protected] **(This is BY FAR the best way to contact us) Office Phones: Schmolesky : 801-626-8745 Trask : 801-626-6169 Office Hours: Schmolesky : 11:30 – 12:30 PM MWF; also by appointment; Trask : 11:30-12:30 Monday and Tuesday, and noon-1:00 Fridays, or by appointment. Office Locations: Schmolesky: SS 356 Trask: SL 407 Class Web Site: Which professor to contact? Because neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field, this course will be led by two faculty members. You may contact either professor during any part of the course, but the syllabus schedule (see attached) indicates to you which professor will cover which topics and, therefore, whom would be best to contact regarding specific material or exams. I. Textbook: a) Mark Bear, Barry Connors, and Michael Paradiso. NEUROSCIENCE: EXPLORING THE BRAIN, 3 rd edition. Publishers: Lippincott Williams &Wilkins, 2006. Note: supplemental reading materials will either be handed out in class or made available online. II. Course Objectives A. To explore the structure-function relationship of the human central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. B. To explore the biological basis of human (and animal) behavior, thinking, emotion, memory, and perception. C. To introduce students to the field of neuroscience, its different specializations and sub-areas, and methods used in research. This class covers a wide range of topics including: cellular and sub-cellular structures and processes, basic genetics as it applied to neuroscience, neuronal signaling, synaptic anatomy and physiology, function and dysfunction of the central nervous system, the biology of sensation and movement, cognitive functions and neurological disorders. D. To integrate theories and research with real-life medical applications so as to make the study of neuroscience both interesting and meaningful to the students. E. To encourage students to prepare themselves for the real-life application of their degree if they focus upon the biological and physiological aspects of human function and dysfunction by educating them about different career paths (e.g. clinical, research, industry, etc.). F. To appreciate the depth of knowledge currently available concerning the biological basis of behavior and the societal advantages provided by such knowledge in terms of understanding, prediction, and intervention (e.g. through biomedical and psychological treatment of diseases and disorders).
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Introduction to Neuroscience Fall 2011 2 III. Course Grade A. Examinations 1. Five exams will be taken during the course of this semester. Each exam is non-comprehensive and constitutes 14% of your final grade. Two writing assignments and one poster presentation will be given (see
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