Courses of Study 2022-2023 
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Courses of Study 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BIONB 4910 - Principles of Neurophysiology

(crosslisted) BME 4910 , ECE 4910  

Spring. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Prerequisite: one of the following - general biology class, BIONB 2220 , a physiology course covering neuronal excitability and synaptic transmission, or written permission of instructor.  Co-meets with BIONB 5910 /BME 5320 /ECE 5090 . Students concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior must take this class for a letter grade.

Graduate students are required to complete an additional assignment - see BIONB 5910  for details.

B.R. Johnson.

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 and optogenetic control of behavior and physiology. 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.

Outcome 1: 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.

Outcome 2: Students should deepen their understanding of the ionic mechanisms underlying neuronal excitability and synaptic communication in the nervous system.

Outcome 3: Students should develop their skills in communicating scientific results effectively through written lab reports and oral presentations.

Outcome 4: Students should refine their critical reading skills of primary scientific literature.

Outcome 5: Students should refine their ability to develop testable hypotheses, and develop independent scientific thinking.

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