BMED 614 - Intro. to Neurophysiology (new course)

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BMED 614 - Intro. to Neurophysiology (new course)

  1. 1. Course Approval Form For approval of new courses and deletions or modifications to an existing course. More information is located on page 2. Action Requested: Course Level: X Create new course Delete existing course Undergraduate Modify existing course (check all that apply) X Graduate Title Credits Repeat Status Grade Type Prereq/coreq Schedule Type Restrictions College/School: College of Science Department: COS Dean’s Office Submitted by: Rick Diecchio Ext: X3-1208 Email: rdiecchi@gmu.edu Subject Code: BMED Number: 614 Effective Term: X Fall (Do not list multiple codes or numbers. Each course proposal must have a separate form.) Spring Yea r 2011 Summer Title: Current Introduction to Neurophysiology Banner (30 characters max including spaces) New Credits: (check one) X Fixed 2 or Repeat Status: (check one) X Not Repeatable (NR) Variable to Repeatable within degree (RD) Total repeatable credits allowed:Repeatable within term (RT) Grade Mode: (check one) X Regular (A, B, C, etc.) Schedule Type Code(s): (check all that apply) X Lecture (LEC) Independent Study (IND) Satisfactory/No Credit Lab (LAB) Seminar (SEM) Special (A, B C, etc. +IP) Recitation (RCT) Studio (STU) Internship (INT) Prerequisite(s): Corequisite(s): Admission to Biomedical Science’s master’s program Special Instructions: (restrictions for major, college, or degree; cross-listed courses; hard-coding; etc.) Catalog Copy for NEW Courses Only (Consult University Catalog for models) Description (No more than 60 words, use verb phrases and present tense) Notes (List additional information for the course) Achieve specific knowledge of the developmental and evolutionary aspects of the nervous system, to introduce systems neurobiology through study of the visual system and motor system pathways. Indicate number of contact hours: Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 2 Hours of Lab or Studio: 0 When Offered: (check all that apply) Fall Summer X Spring Approval Signatures Department Approval Date College/School Approval Date If this course includes subject matter currently dealt with by any other units, the originating department must circulate this proposal for review by those units and obtain the necessary signatures prior to submission. Failure to do so will delay action on this proposal. Unit Name Unit Approval Name Unit Approver’s Signature Date For Graduate Courses Only Graduate Council Member Provost Office Graduate Council Approval Date
  2. 2. Course Proposal Submitted to the Graduate Council by The College of Science 1. COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE: BMED 614 – Introduction to Neurophysiology Course Prerequisites: This course is a requirement for the MS in Biomedical Science. Catalog Description: Achieve specific knowledge of the developmental and evolutionary aspects of the nervous system, to introduce systems neurobiology through study of the visual system and motor system pathways. 2. COURSE JUSTIFICATION: Course Objectives: The goals of this course are to achieve a specific knowledge of the developmental and evolutionary aspects of the nervous system, to introduce systems neurobiology through study of the visual system and motor system pathways Course Necessity: This course is a requirement for the MS in Biomedical Science. Course Relationship to Existing Programs: The MS in Biomedical Science courses, and courses in the program, are more focused on medicine than the Advanced Biomedical Sciences Certificate Program and its courses. Course Relationship to Existing Courses: Content may overlap with neurobiology (BIOL 515/PSYC 527) and other neuroscience courses, but will be presented with an emphasis on biomedical-related issues, and will be available only to the cohort of students in the MS program. 3. APPROVAL HISTORY: new course 4. SCHEDULING AND PROPOSED INSTRUCTORS: Semester of Initial Offering: Fall 2011 Proposed Instructors: 5. TENTATIVE SYLLABUS: See attached.
  3. 3. BMED 614 Introduction to Neuroscience 2 credits Course Goals The goals of this course are to achieve a specific knowledge of the developmental and evolutionary aspects of the nervous system, to introduce systems neurobiology through study of the visual system and motor system pathways. Course Organization and Design The course will be held in 1.5 hour time segments twice a week for nine weeks. There will be two midterms and a final, comprehensive exam. Each exam will count 25% of the grade and the final will count 50% of the grade. Exams will be of mixed format, including multiple choice, fill in the blank or short list, labeling of figures and longer questions requiring written responses. Method of Instruction The course consists of a series of didactic lecture with short periods of time for discussion. Expectations of Students • Be an active learner. This requires you to take an active role in your own learning and to share responsibility in the learning process with other students in the class. The components of active learning include the following: • Attendance. As a professional in the field, you should make a conscientious effort to attend each session and to be on time. History and experience show that students who attend classes regularly do much better work and earn better grades. Attendance in lectures is strongly encouraged. • Adequate preparation for class. Read ALL assigned materials and make note of questions, inconsistencies, areas of interest, and connections you find to other readings. • Active Participation. Participate actively in class discussion. This will provide an opportunity to test your assumptions about professional practice, as well as expand the worldview of others in the class. • Study Groups. This course covers a great deal of data and theory in a short span of time. Research on learning indicates that students can better "make the material their own" through extensive discussion. Unfortunately, our short meeting time does not provide sufficient time for such in-depth discussion. Therefore, you are urged to continue class discussions on the BlackBoard (Bb) forums and to organize into study groups to review readings and to prepare for this and your other classes. Participation in a study group will significantly enhance your learning. Questions about the Lectures: Questions about specific lectures should be addressed to the faculty member. Post all questions to the appropriate Course Discussion Forum on Blackboard. The lecturers will check that site periodically to answer questions that are posted. Course Materials: TEXT: Haines, D.E. , Fundamental Neuroscience. Churchill Livingstone, New York. ATLAS: Haines, D.E. , Neuroanatomy: An Atlas of Structures, Sections, and Systems. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia
  4. 4. Lecture Schedule Week TOPIC 1 Cellular Basis of the Nervous System Introduction and Orientation to the Nervous System 2 Genetic and Tissue Bases of the Nervous System Embryological Development of the Body, Head and Peripheral Nervous System in Invertebrates and Vertebrates 3 Embryological Development of the Brain, I and II 4 Exam 1 Evolutionary Basis of the Nervous System 5 Evolutionary Perspective on Nervous System Diversity and Development 6 Example of Systems Anatomy: Visual System including Eye and Retina 7 Exam 2 Visual Cortices, Brainstem Visual Pathways and Visual Motor System 8 Comparative Aspects of Visual Organization 9 Sensory Motor System Organization Final Exam

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