COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the nervous system from first principles. The class format consists of a combination of formal and informal lectures and student presentations with a major emphasis on interactive class discussion. The course requires active student participation during the class and offers review sessions if needed. There is a course website and an active online discussion forum, a course wiki written by the students every year, and several laboratory presentations (in addition to normal course scheduled lectures). The students also prepare and present at a “sensory transduction” symposium.
REQUIRED MATERIALS: Access to the internet
- Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain. Mark F. Bear and Barry W. Connors, Wolters Kluwer 2016, 4th Edition, ISBN-13: 978-0781778176
- From Molecules to Networks. ohn H. Byrne, Ruth Heidelberger, M Neal Waxham. 2014 Academic Press/Elsevier, 3rd Edition. ISBN-13: 978-0123971791
- Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology. Constance Hammond. 2015 Academic Press/Elsevier, 4th Edition. ISBN-13: 978-0123970329
- From Neuron to Brain. John G. Nicholls et al. 2012 Sinauer Associates, 5th Edition. ISBN-13: 978-0878936090
- The Synapse. Morgan Sheng, Bernardo L. Sabatini and Thomas C Südhof. 2012 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. ISBN-13: 978-1936113026
- Fundamental Neuroscience. Larry Squire et al. 2013 Academic Press/Elsevier, 4th Edition. ISBN-13: 978-0123858702
STUDENT PREPARATION: N/A
SUITABLE FOR 1ST YEAR STUDENTS: Yes.
UNIQUE TRAINING OFFERED IN THIS COURSE: The students learn to approach topics from first principles. They also learn how to be very interactive, and defend their points of view. There is no overlap with any course at Einstein
STUDENT ASSESSMENTS: Primarily by an oral exam at the end of the course. Other contributing factors include class participation, and activity on the course online discussion forum and course wiki.
CREDIT HOURS: 6.0