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BIOL 261/ANNB 261: Neurobiology Syllabus

Instructor: Dr. G. Delay

Biol/ANNB 261 Neurobiology

Dates Anticipated Topics Readings

Sep 1- Sep 24 Ch. 1-5
Cellular anatomy: overview (VERY brief)
Glial cells.
Neuron - structure, channels, resting membrane potential, action potential
Nernst, Goldman equations
Synaptic potentials, membrane channels
Sept 22
Overview Brain anatomy ANNB - Dr. Cindy Forehand Ch. 7
Sep. 29 Exam 1 (bring calculator)
Oct. 1 Oct. 22 Ch. 6, 8-10
Additional membrane channel information
Neurotransmitter systems
Sensory systems: overview
Chemical senses

Oct. 27 Exam 2
Oct. 29 Nov. 17 Ch. 11-13, 15
Vision (cont. if needed)
Auditory and vestibular system
Somatosensory system
Gamma efferent system/Spinal reflexes/ postural control

Nov. 19 Exam 3

Nov. 24 - Dec. 9 (Tested on Final exam) Ch. 7, 14, 22

Movement: overview of types and functions
Voluntary movement and motor disorders
Neuroplasticity: Brain Injury
Neuroplasticity (cont.): Development

Dec. 1 Paper due

Dec. 10 11:45 a.m. (Thursday) Comprehensive Final (bring calculator)

1. TESTS will be a combination of multiple choice, short answer and essay questions. Each test will
be worth 125 points. MAKEUP exams will NOT be given (unless your death or a hospital is
involved). If you have a conflict, please see me as soon as possible.
2. FINAL EXAM will be comprehensive but will be the same format as a regular exam. It will be
worth 300 points.

A. TOPIC: The paper is to be on a topic about a neurological disorder. This topic can be on
any topic NOT covered in class or in the text. I must approve all topics no later than
October 6. The final paper will be due December 1.
B. GRADING: It will be worth 125 points and must cover the topic in a comprehensive
manner. Be aware that just turning in a paper does not guarantee points. Twenty of the
125 points will be assigned to format and writing style.
C. FORMAT: Minimum: 10 pages, double space, 1" margin, font: no less than 10
characters/inch. I will accept written text formatted with either Pecheniks A Short Guide
to Writing about Biology or American Psychological Associations Publication Manual.
You may use some information from the Web but for substantive information you MUST
use research material from standard scientific journals and texts. You are expected to
search the research literature. On-line websites CANNOT be used for your paper or
references unless it is a refereed or peer-reviewed journal. If there is a question, please
ask a reference librarian or me. Be sure to reference ALL sources cited in the paper. Also,
you may not have more than a total of 35 words in quotes in the entire paper. I will require
you to rewrite the paper if the paper does not meet these criteria. You will have 5 days to
rewrite the paper but the rewritten paper will be worth a maximum of 110 points.
A. What is it:
i. Failure to place in quotation marks any direct quoted phrases/clauses or sentences
from another author.
ii. Failing to document quotations, paraphrases, or other borrowed material (just be sure to
cite it).
iii. Neglecting to use your own wording when writing summaries or paraphrases of another
B. Penalty:
ii. Unintentional
1. First time redo the assignment, must be turned in within 5 days after the original due
date, and you can earn at most 79% of the original points of the assignment.
2. Second time - FAILING GRADE (0%) FOR THE SEMESTER. If there is any
question of intentionality, departmental and/or college procedures for investigating
plagiarism will be implemented.
5. ATTENDANCE is not required. However, test material will often come from lecture.

Required: Bear, M. F., Conners, B. W. & Paradiso, M. A (2007). Neuroscience: Exploring the
brain (3nd Ed.). Baltimore: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Highly recommended supplemental readings for those interested:

Purves, D. et al. (2008). Neuroscience (4rd. Ed.). Sunderland, MA: Sinauer.
Kandel et al. (2000). Principles of Neural Science (4th Ed.). New York, New York: McGraw-Hill
(A new edition should be out soon.)

I will post additional recommended sources if I think they will be helpful in understanding this
material. I also ask that if you discover sources (e.g., website) that you think might be helpful,
please let me know.

7. LEARNING SUPPORT: Students who have documented learning disabilities that require special
accommodations must tell me by the end of the first week of the semester. A written request for
special accommodations with supporting documentation must be submitted to the Learning
Support Coordinator at the beginning of the semester. That person will notify the student and me
of the accommodations appropriate for this course. Late requests or requests without proper
documentation cannot be honored.

8. GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY: Graduate students will select an additional topic (in
consultation with me) covered in class. You will write a paper on the topic and present a 20-30
minute lecture on the topic at the time that it is covered in class. The paper and an outline of the
lecture are due one week before the lecture is given. This project is worth 125 of which 75 points
are assigned to the paper and 50 points to the lecture.

9. GRADING: Tentatively, grades will be assigned using the following scales:

Undergraduate students Graduate students

Three exams @ 125 ea. 375 375
Paper 125 125
Paper/lecture 125
Final 300 300
Total 800 925

A 700+ 833+
B 620-699 740-832
C 540-619 647-739
D 460-539 555-646

However, the above scale is highly optimistic on my part. It is likely that I will generate a new scale
to curve scores. I will explain that process in class.

9. OFFICE HOURS: Will be posted. Office: Rm 113, Marsh Life Science. Phone: 6-0455. Email: