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Fall 2012-2013
NEU 408 / MOL 408 / PSY 404 (STN)  

Cellular and Systems Neuroscience

Michael J. Berry
Ilana B. Witten

A survey of fundamental principles in neurobiology at the biophysical, cellular, and system levels. Lectures will address the basis of the action potential, synaptic transmission and plasticity, local circuit computation, sensory physiology, and motor control. A central theme will be the understanding of systems phenomena in terms of cellular mechanisms.

Sample reading list:
E.R. Kandel, J.H. Schwartz, T.M. Jessell, Principles of Neural Science, 4th Ed.

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly precepts will include problem sets and readings of critical primary literature covering current research topics in neurobiology. The first four weeks will include computer simulations of electrical properties of neurons.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Problem set(s) - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
MOL 214 or 215, PSY 258 and MAT 103, or instructor's permission. A basic familiarity with simple electrical circuits (as presented in PHY104 or ELE 203) is expected..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20806 L01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm M W   East Pyne Building   239   Enrolled:12 Limit:18
P01 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm W   Friend Center   007   Enrolled:0 Limit:20
20808 P02 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
P03 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm Th   Friend Center   005   Enrolled:0 Limit:20
20810 P04 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled