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1 Introduction to Biological Psychology (PSY229) / Neuroscience (NEU200) Fall, 2009 Syllabus, CEDAR CREST COLLEGE Instructor: Dr. Michael Finley, Sci Ctr 119, [email protected] Time, place: Tuesday, 7:00 – 9:30 pm (3 credits), Science Center 136 Office Hours: Tuesdays, 6:30 pm – 6:55 PM or by appointment Prerequisites: PSY 100 or permission of the instructor Required texts/equipment: Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain (3rd ed), Bear et al. 2007; Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. Clicker (ResponseCard) compatible with TurningPoint Technology software. Course Schedule Date Tests Topic Reading Assignments and Important Dates Aug 25 Introduction Neurons and Glia Ch 1, pp 4-21; Ch 2, pp24-49 First article provided Sept 1 Structure of the nervous system; Wiring the brain—neurodevelopment Ch 7; Ch23 First article discussion Sept 8 TEST 1 Language Ch 20 Sept 15 Emotion Ch 18 Sept 22 TEST 2 Neuronal membrane at rest Ch 3, 52-73 Second article provided Sept 29 Action Potential Ch 4, 76-100 Oct 6 Synaptic Transmission and Neurotransmitters Ch 5, 102-132 Ch 6, 134-166 Second article discussion Oct 20 TEST 3 Somatosensory system and pain Ch 12, 388-410 Oct 27 Spinal and brain control of movement Ch 13 and Ch14 Third article provided Nov 3 TEST 4 Chemical control and Motivation Ch 15 and Ch 16 Nov 10 Circadian Rhythms Brainwaves and Sleep Ch 19 Third article discussion Nov 17 Sex and the Brain Ch 17 Fourth article provided Nov 24 TEST 5 Memory systems Ch 24 and 25 Dec 1 Mental Illness/Neuropathology Course Wrap-up and review Ch 22 Fourth article discussion Dec 8 To be determined Final Exam: Tuesday, Dec 15, 7 – 9:30pm, room to be determined. Course Description This course is an introduction to the exciting field of neuroscience, which lies at the intersection of biological and psychological science. This broad overview will address topics ranging from the cellular function of neurons to issues of language, cognition and mental illness.2 Objectives Learn the fundamental principles of the anatomy, development, and physiology of the nervous system Understand the structure and function of brain systems, including motor and neuroendocrine systems Understand neurochemical influences on behavior and sex differences in the brain Understand the neural basis of cognitive functions, including language and memory Understand several forms of psychiatric and neurological illness Learn to interpret experimental approaches and data in neuroscience Course Outcomes Upon successful completion of the course, students will: Demonstrate the ability to engage in scientific and quantitative reasoning by interpreting and applying the concepts of nervous system function Demonstrate the ability to communicate these concepts Assessment The outcomes described above will be assessed through: Written exams, quizzes, and assignments: scientific / quantitative reasoning, written communication ability Discussion and class participation: scientific / quantitative reasoning, oral communication ability, information literacy Student Responsibilities Readings: Except for the first week’s reading, assigned text readings should be read BEFORE class. Weekly quizzes are intended to encourage this practice. Additional required reading material, including articles for Writing Assignments (see below), will be provided by the instructor. Attendance: It is required that you attend class. Given the structure of the class (one lecture per week), a large amount of material is covered in each session, and material may be covered that is not in your text. In addition, there are quizzes almost every week (see below). You are responsible for class material even if you are absent. (NOTES WILL NOT BE PROVIDED BY THE INSTRUCTOR.) If you miss an exam due to illness or emergency documented by the Dean of Students, you must contact the instructor as soon as possible to arrange a make-up exam. Make-up exams will not be given for any other reason. Quizzes cannot be made up, and a missed quiz will count for zero points. Only registered students may attend and participate in the course. In rare circumstances, a guest of a registered student may attend a lecture, but only with prior permission from the instructor and only if the guest maintains respect for other students and the learning environment. Classroom protocol: The Honor Code states, "Appropriate classroom behavior is implicit in the Cedar Crest Honor Code. Such behavior is defined and guided by complete protection for the rights of all students and faculty to a courteous, respectful classroom environment. That environment is free from distractions such as late arrivals, early departures, inappropriate conversations and any other behaviors that might disrupt instruction and/or compromise students' access to their Cedar Crest College education." Scholarship and Integrity: I fully support the Cedar Crest College Honor Code and the Classroom Protocol code as stated in the Customs Book. You are required to abide by the accepted practices of scholarship and integrity. All writing and other material that you submit must be your own, original work, unless otherwise acknowledged.3 Material that is quoted from another source must be clearly indicated as a quotation and must be followed immediately by a citation to the original source. Paraphrasing should be avoided; changing a few words in someone else's writing does not make it your own work. Cheating or plagiarism will result in a grade of F for the assignment or the course, at the instructor's discretion. If you have any questions about these issues, please discuss them with the instructor. Students with Disabilities: Students with documented disabilities who may need academic accommodations should discuss these needs with their professors during the first two weeks of class. Students with disabilities who wish to request accommodations should contact the Advising Center. Assignments and Evaluation Quizzes, 15%: There will be ~6 brief quizzes (2-3 questions, 5-10 minutes) which will be based on the reading assigned. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped (this will include a quiz missed due to absence or late arrival). Quizzes may be given at various times during the lecture period and some will require clickers, so please bring them to every class lecture. Tests, 60% total: Five tests (12% each) will cover reading and lecture material prior to the test date.


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