This unit provides an introduction the mechanisms that drive neurons and neural circuits throughout the brain and body. The lectures explore how signal intensity is translated into nerve impulse codes and how this information is again translated through synapses to convey and interpret information about the external world, to control the body and to record information for future use (learning and memory). We also consider how sensory and motor information is integrated through neural circuits in the brain and spinal cord. Practical classes introduce some of the different ways in which the workings of the brain are studied. Each student chooses a journal club that focuses on a specific topic in neuroscience. In the weekly sessions, group members read, present and interpret original research papers, developing a deep understanding of the emerging scientific evidence in the topic area. This senior year unit of study will develop skills in critical analysis, interpretation and communication of new evidence.
2 x 1 hr lectures, per week, 1 x 2-hour research paper session (journal club, 8 weeks), 4 x 3-4 hours practical per semester
mid-semester quiz (10%), paper sessions participation grade (10%), paper session presentation (10%), practical class group presentation (10%), scholarly essay (20%), final exam (40%)
Kandel, Schwartz, Jessel, Sigelbaum, Hudspeth. Principles of Neural Science. 5th Ed, Elsevier, NY, 2013
(PHSI2X05 or PHSI2X07 or MEDS2001) or BMED2402
72cp 1000 to 3000 level unitsProhibitions
NEUR3001 or NEUR3901 or NEUR3002 or NEUR3902 or NEUR3906