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NSC 4354Integrative NeuroscienceFall 2012

FN 2.102 Tues-Thurs 1:002:15 PM


Dr. Tres Thompson T.A. Shaurabh Nandy shaurabh@utdallas.edu GR 4.302 tres@utdallas.edu JO 4.310 972-883-4933 http://www.utdallas.edu/~tres Office hours: Thurs. 11 AM - noon (other times by appt.) Office hours: Fri. 2:30-4 pm (other times by appt.)


Prerequisite: NSC 3361 (Behavioral Neuroscience) Course Description: A course in the neurosciences must take aim at a constantly moving target. The present course covers three core areas of modern neuroscience: (1) the cellular properties of different types of neurons that suit them to (and/or limit) the specific tasks they carry out; (2) the organization of functional neural systems that determine the behavioral and cognitive properties of living organisms; (3) a critical evaluation of the research methods used to assess (1) and (2). The overall aim is to familiarize you with systems level analyses of the brain and its function, which when fully developed should take into account all known neurobiological and psychological data. Since no current framework meets these comprehensive goals, you will be trained to critically evaluate current and future theories purporting to do so. Class discussion is strongly encouraged. Student Learning Objectives: After completing the course, students should be able to:
1.1 Describe the historical development of neuroscience as a crossdisciplinary science. 1.2 Describe and analyze the contributions of anatomical, physiological, behavioral, pharmacological, developmental, and cell and molecular biological studies to the bases of neuroscience, and: c) describe the principles of (1) feedback, (2) reciprocal connectivity, and (3) distributed processing fundamental to self-organizing neural systems, d) describe neural mechanisms of (1) motor control, (2) sensory processing, (3) homeostatic maintenance, and (4) higher cognitive functions (including learning, memory and emotions), g) describe the anatomical and functional organization of the autonomic nervous system and neuroendocrine systems. 2.1 Identify and explain why research questions rather than methods ideally drive advances in neuroscience, and: a) describe and analyze common behavioral methods used to interpret neuronal function in current studies, and limits of these techniques, c) describe and analyze use of different lesions (natural, accidental and induced) in nervous systems to infer function, & limits of these techniques, f) describe and analyze non-invasive imaging techniques used to assess nervous system structure and function, and the temporal and spatial limits of these techniques compared to other available methodology. 2.2 Describe how current methods sometimes limit our understanding of the nervous system, and drive innovation to develop new and better methods. 2.3 Describe why multiple research techniques & multiple levels of analysis (systems, network, cellular, synaptic, etc.) are preferred to address basic questions in the neurosciences, not reliance on a single technique or level. 30.1 Students will be able to describe basic components of the laws of nature as developed in the various scientific courses in the core program. 30.2 Students will be able to set up scientific problems in feasible and solvable ways as illustrated in the various subjects in the core curriculum. 30.3 Students will be able to make reasoned arguments about major issues of a scientific nature.

Required Texts (earlier editions will be lacking in some content): Principles of Neuroscience (Kandel et al.), 4nd ed. [K]. Neuroscience (Purves et al.), 5th Ed. [P] The texts serve as detailed background knowledge for our class discussions, and doing the reading assignments BEFORE each class will aid your comprehension. Since neuroscience is a rapidly advancing field, textbooks are constantly supplemented by new lecture material. Exams: There will be three (3) multiple choice exams plus a

cumulative final exam, each worth 25 points of your final grade (a total of 100 points). Material for these exams is taken from class lectures, the texts, and discussion, so attendance is strongly encouraged. The exams are challenging and encourage integrative thought about course material. Your T.A. is a professional resource you should also call upon often for help while studying. Extra credit assignments are not available.
Grading Policy: Grading is based on a set of a priori criteria: 90% correct for As, 80% for Bs, 70% for Cs, and 60% for Ds. Grades are based on the total number of points across the semester. Course & Instructor Policies. Discussions begin promptly, so lateness is rude to all present. Excused absences for exams will be given only if: (a) you are seriously ill and have verifiable documentation from a physician, or (b) you were legally detained at the exam time or (c) you made prior arrangements to attend a verifiable religious or family event. In all cases except (b) you must notify the instructor in advance of the scheduled exam by email. Otherwise, you will receive a zero (0) for that exam--NO EXCEPTIONS. A maximum extension of one week (7 days) beyond the scheduled exam date can be granted, except for the final exam, which must be taken on the final exam date. Audio recording is at the instructor's discretion; abuse of this privilege will halt all future recording. Audio recording devices must be in place BEFORE the lecture starts. Late arrivals forfeit this privilege for the day. Mobile phone use is prohibited in the classroom. Web surfing, IMing, text messaging, tweeting, and STILL and/or VIDEO PHOTOGRAPHY are prohibited. Use common sense and courtesy, please, applying these rules. PowerPoint presentations/slides are not distributed online. DON'T make early travel arrangements to leave before your Final exam. Exams will be discussed in class in a timely fashion giving you feedback to study for future exams. Please go over exam with your TA during office hours. ALL exams are the property of the instructor and cannot be phtotographed, copied, traded or kept by students. Violation of exam rules constitutes Academic Dishonesty, handled by UTD judicial affairs.

Class schedule
(Topics and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.)

Date Topic Aug 28 Intro. to neural systems 30 motor systems 1: motor units and ANS Sept 4 motor systems 2: spinal cord 6 motor systems 3: descending systems/cortex 11 motor systems 4: basal ganglia 13 motor systems 5: cerebellum 18 Exam I 20 sensory systems 1: somatic I 25 sensory systems 2: somatic II 27 sensory systems 3: visual I Oct 2 sensory systems 4: visual II 4 sensory systems 5: auditory/vestibular 9 sensory systems 6: chemical 11 Exam II 16-18 SFN Meeting: New Orleans 23 homeostasis 1: eating & drinking I 25 homeostasis 2: eating & drinking II 30 homeostasis 3: sleep / waking I Nov 1 homeostasis 4: sleep / waking II 6 homeostasis 5: emotion & motivation 8 homeostasis 6: sex & language 13 Exam III 15 plasticity 1: cognition 20-22 FALL BREAK / THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY 27 plasticity 2: learning & memory 29 plasticity 3: aging Dec 4 plasticity 4: new theories 7 plasticity 5: new data 11 FINAL EXAM 15 SATURDAY

Readings: [ Purves / Kandel ] (review K1-2, P1-3) P21; K44, 49 P16; K33-36 P17; K17, 18, 38, 41 P18; K43 P19; K42 Motor systems P9; K21-22 P10; K23-24 P11; K26 P12; K25, 27 P13-14; K30, 31, 40 P15; K32 Sensory systems

K51 P21 P28 K47-48, 45 P29; K50-51 P30, 27; K57, 59 Homeostasis P26, K19-20 NO CLASS MEETING P31, K62-63 P26; K19-20; P24 online online 1 pm

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