BIONB 5910

BIONB 5910

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2021-2022.

Laboratory-oriented course designed to teach the concepts and tools of cellular neurophysiology through hands-on experience with extracellular and intracellular electrophysiological techniques, and computer acquisition and analysis of laboratory results. Students explore signal transmission in the nervous system by examining the cellular basis of resting and action potentials, and synaptic transmission. Lecture time is used to review nervous system physiology, introduce laboratory exercises, discuss lab results and primary research papers, and for presentation of additional experimental preparations and methods. Invertebrate preparations are used as model systems.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite or corequisite: BIONB 2220.

Comments Students concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior must take this class for a letter grade.

  • Students should understand the contemporary experimental paradigms in modern neurophysiology and become technically competent with the extracellular and intracellular recording techniques used to explore nervous system physiology.
  • Students should deepen their understanding of the ionic mechanisms underlying neuronal excitability and synaptic communication in the nervous system.
  • Students should develop their skills in communicating scientific results effectively through written lab reports and oral presentations.
  • Students should refine their critical reading skills of primary scientific literature.
  • Students should refine their ability to develop testable hypotheses, and develop independent scientific thinking.
  • Graduate students will be able to prioritize, rate, evaluate, compare and contrast and summarize Neuroscience research literature.
  • Graduate students will be able to lead discussion of scientific literature, and justify, construct a scientific argument, and investigate reliability of research findings.
  • Graduate students will be able to analyze and interpret research methods and data, design experiments to test hypotheses, and teach active learning activities.

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  • 17917 BIONB 5910   LEC 001

    • MW Stocking Hall 201
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Johnson, B

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    In a rotating presentation format outside of the class lecture and lab sessions, graduate students from Biology and Engineering studies will present and discuss classical concept or technique papers in Neuroscience in a journal club. This will be scheduled to accommodate course faculty and student time commitments. Graduate students will complete a semester long project. The project range includes exploration of experimental neuroscience questions not covered in the undergraduate laboratory class, novel, low cost instrumentation design, computational approaches to nervous system function and development of active learning activities. The project will require a project proposal early in the semester, and a final project presentation and research journal style paper at the end of the semester.

  • 17956 BIONB 5910   LAB 401

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  • 17957 BIONB 5910   LAB 402

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  • 17958 BIONB 5910   LAB 403

  • Instruction Mode: In Person