Spring 2011 not offered
NS&B 345, NS&B 545, BIOL 545|
Near the top of the list of unsolved mysteries in biology is the enigma of how the brain constructs itself. Here is an organ that can make us feel happy, sad, amused, and in love. It responds to light, touch, and sound; it learns; it organizes movements; it controls bodily functions. An understanding of how this structure is constructed during embryonic and postnatal development has begun to emerge from molecular-genetic, cellular, and physiological studies. In this course, we will discuss some of the important events in building the brain and explore the role of genes and the environment in shaping the brain. With each topic in this journey, we will ask what the roles of genes and the environment are in forming the nervous system. We will also discuss developmental disorders resulting from developmental processes that have gone astray. This is a reading-intensive seminar course emphasizing classroom discussions, with readings from a textbook and the primary scientific literature.
Information Literacy, Speaking
Students are responsible for two oral presentations during the semester. In addition, they must read 3-4 scientific journal articles each week.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: ([NS&B213 or BIOL213 or PSYC240] AND [BIOL182 or MB&B182]) OR ([MB&B181 or BIOL181] AND [BIOL182 or MB&B182])
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(CIS)(NS&B)(SISP)
Course Textbook: DEVELOPMENT OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM (2006) Sanes, DH, Reh TA, and Harris WA. Academic Press (2nd Edition)
Research papers from the primary literature
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Midterm exam, poster session, participation in discussions, oral presentations of journal articles, and weekly problem sets / short essay responses to readings (Quizsheets), Term paper
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
If student has not had a course in neurobiology or introductory biology, he/she should consult with instructor before enrolling. Ideally, this class should be taken after one year of Introductory Biology and/or BIOL/NS&B 213.
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