NSC 3361 Behavioral Neuroscience Spring 2007 Syllabus

Lecture Times:

 

Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 - 12:45PM

 

Lecture Location:

 

Hoblitzelle Hall 2.402

 

 

 

Instructor:

 

Dr. Michael P. Kilgard

     Office:

 

Johnson Hall 4.304

     Office Hours:

 

Thursday 1:00 - 2:00PM & by appointment

     Office Phone:

 

972-883-2339

     E-mail Address:

 

kilgard@utdallas.edu 

 

 

 

Teaching Assistant:

 

Raniero Peru  (students A to K)

     Office Hours:

 

Green Hall 4.512 Tues & Thurs 10-11am

     E-mail Address:

 

rlp054000@utdallas.edu

 

 

 

Teaching Assistant:

 

Vikram Jakkamsetti (students L to Z)

     Office Hours:

 

Green Hall 4.604 Friday 4-5 PM

 

     E-mail Address:

 

vikrmj@gmail.com    

 

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Teaching Assistants:

    Heather Horn  hrh031000@utdallas.edu    Tues and Thurs 2:30 – 3:30pm GR 3.420

    Ryen Maddox rnm023000@utdallas.edu    Mon and Wed 2:30-3:30pm FN 2.106

 

                   

Product ImageTextbook
Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain (Third Edition)
By Mark F. Bear, Barry W. Connors, and Michael A. Paradiso
Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2006

The textbook is available in both hardcover w/ CD and softcover. Either is fine.

Where to purchase: UTD Bookstore and Off-Campus Books (Campbell Rd.)

 

 

Course Content
The course is divided into three sections:

1) Foundations of the Nervous System 2) Functional Systems 3)The Brain and Behavior

The course begins with the study of nerve cells: their structure, the propagation of nerve impulses and transfer of information between nerve cells, the effects of drugs on this process, and the development of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. We also examine the overall structure of the nervous system and its development. We then move onto functional systems such as vision, hearing, touch, smell, balance, taste, and motor control. We will discuss how physical energy such as light is converted into neural signals, where these signals travel in the brain, and how they are processed. Finally, we will study motivation, language, attention, sleep, consciousness, mental illness, emotion, learning and memory. From this course, you should obtain a solid understanding of the basics of brain function and neuroscience.

 Student Learning Objectives:

After completing the course, students should be able to:          

1.1      Describe the importance of an multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the nervous system.

1.2      Describe how molecular, physiological, and behavioral studies have contributed to our understanding of the nervous system.

1.3      Integrate pathological findings from psychology and clinical neurology with basic scientific work in the neurosciences.

2.1      Identify and explain why research questions rather than methods ideally drive advances in the neurosciences.

3.1      Compare textbook, popular and peer-reviewed scholarly reports in the neurosciences.

5.1      Apply neuroscience concepts, theories, and research findings to issues in everyday life.

5.2      Identify appropriate applications of neuroscience knowledge in health, service, education, or business professions.

30.1   Describe how basic laws of nature relate to brain function. 

30.2   Set up neuroscience problems in feasible and solvable ways. 

30.3   Make reasoned arguments about major issues related to the nervous system.

Attendance and Readings
Your performance in this course will be greatly influenced by your attendance. Some material covered in lecture is not covered in the textbook. In order to help ensure attendance, occasional quizzes will be given at the beginning of class. Therefore, don’t be late to lecture.

Assessment

Exams (75%): There will be three exams during the course. Each exam will be worth 25% of your final grade and will cover the material from the third of the course preceding the exam. There will be no cumulative final exam. Material covered on the exams will be taken from the assigned readings and class lectures, as well as any additional material that may be provided. Exams will consist of 60 multiple choice questions.

Quizzes (25%): During the course of the semester, six quizzes will be given.  Quiz dates will be announced in the class prior to the quiz.  A quiz will only cover material presented in the lecture prior to the quiz.  Each quiz will consist of ten questions (multiple choice and true/false).  Your lowest quiz grade will be dropped and the remaining 5 will be used to calculate your total quiz grade.  As one quiz grade will be dropped, there is no make-up for a missed quiz.

Missed Exams: Missed exams may be made up only if you: 1) provide a valid excuse, and 2) notify the instructor BEFORE the exam.  Excuses must be accompanied by valid documentation (documentation that you sought medical assistance, a newspaper clipping of the obituary of your dead relative, or documentation from the police, AAA or an automotive garage that your car broke down).  Make-up exams will consist of short answer and essay-type questions.

Final Grades: Final grades will be based on the three exams and 5 quizzes. As this is an undergraduate course, pluses and minuses will be given in addition to letter grades. A final grade will be submitted for every student in the course. If you do not receive a final grade or an "NR", do not contact Dr. Kilgard. Please contact Kent Mecklenburg in Dean Buhrmester's office at x2360 (GR 4.528). Failure to receive a grade usually occurs when there is some question regarding your participation in psychology experiments.   A+ (98–100), A (92–97), A- (90–91), B+ (87–89), B (82–86), B- (80-81), C+ (77–79), C (72–76), C- (70–71), D (60–69), F (≤ 59)

Exam Reviews

Several days prior to each exam, the teaching assistants will hold review sessions to review material that will be included on the exam and answer any questions.  Attendance at these reviews is not required and new material will not be presented at these reviews.

 

Teaching Assistants

For routine questions outside of class, please use email to contact the undergraduate TA assigned to you (based on last name, see above), and contact your assigned graduate TA with more substantive questions.  All six teaching assistants will hold regular office hours and will give review sessions before each exam.  Although any of the TA’s will be happy to answer questions about course subject matter, only your assigned TA will give you information about your grades and assist you with any specific course concerns you may have.  As a result, you are encouraged to get to know the TA assigned to you by dropping by during their office hours and attending their review sessions.

Cell Phones, Pagers, Etc.
Cell phones and pagers have no place in class.  Please do not bring them to class or turn them off. Ringing cell phones will be answered by Dr. Kilgard. 


 

NSC 3361 Behavioral Neuroscience Spring 2007 Lecture and Reading Schedule

 

Date

Lecture

Lecture Topic

Reading

January 9

1

Introduction, Neurobiology of Autism

Chapter 1

January 11

2

Neurons and Glia

Chapter 2

January 16

3

Membrane Properties of Neurons

Chapter 3

January 18

4

The Action Potential

Chapter 4

January 23

Synaptic Transmission

Chapter 5

January 25

6

Synaptic Integration

Chapter 5

January 30

7

Neurotransmitter Systems

Chapter 6

February 1

8

Review Session

 

February 6

 

Exam 1

 

February 8

9

Structure of the Nervous System

Chapter 7

February 13

10

The Eye

Chapter 9

February 15

11

The Visual System

Chapter 10

February 20

12

Auditory and Vestibular Systems

Chapter 11

February 22

13

The Chemical Senses

Chapter 8

February 27

14

The Somatosensory System

Chapter 12

March 1

 

Review Session

 

March 13

 

Exam 2

 

March 15

15

Spinal Control of Movement

Chapter 13

March 20

16

Brain Control of Movement

Chapter 14

March 22

17

Chemical Control of Behavior

Chapter 15

March 27

18

Motivation

Chapter 16

March 29

19

Sex and the Brain

Chapter 17

April 3

20

Emotion

Chapter 18

April 5

21

Rhythms of the Brain (Sleep)

Chapter 19

April 10

22

Language

Chapter 20

April 12

23

Wiring the Brain

Chapter 23

April 17

24

Learning and Memory

Chapter 25

April 19

 

Review Session

 

April 24

 

Exam 3 (11:30am)

 

 

 

 

 

 


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