The objective of this course is to enhance and extend your understanding of the nervous system and how it controls behavior. The 1990s were designated the “Decade of the Brain” because of the great strides being made toward understanding the function of the most complex organ known, the human brain. Since then, neuroscientists have continued to unlock secrets of the brain. In spite of the astonishing advancements of the last few decades, neuroscientists have just scratched the surface of what is to be learned about the brain. The material covered will include neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, neural signaling, neural plasticity, integration of sensory and motor systems, hormonal control of behavior, and other selected topics.
EXAM SCHEDULE AND IMPORTANT DATES
This series of related assignments will make up a major portion of your final grade. Each assignment represents a phase in the production of a term paper that you will write. The paper should investigate, in-depth, a neuroscience-related topic of your choice. The final paper must be written in APA style, double spaced, and be at least 20 pages long, not including the reference page(s) or any appendices you might include. I will provide you with a rubric that I will use to score your final paper. The Writing Center and the Speaker Center are both excellent resources for helping you to refine your paper and presentation. I recommend you take advantage of them.
This is a bibliography of sources you will use to write your major paper.
An annotated bibliography consists of the citation for the source in
Paper Outline: This should be detailed outline of the topics and structure of your paper. It should include your major section topics, subsection topics, and paragraph topics.
A. Subsection topics
1. Paragraph topics
UNIT 1: Development & Anatomy
UNIT 2: Neural Signaling & Neuroplasticity
UNIT 3: Sensorimotor Systems & Hormonal Control
EXAMS & GRADING
course grades will be determined by your performance on exams, the
class presentation, term paper, and laboratory assignments.
Exams will consist of short answer, essay questions, and/or
identification (i.e., anatomy). Final grades will be assigned according to
the following percentages of the total points that can be earned.