Preliminary Biology 465/565 Neurophysiology SyllabusΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚ Spring 2001


Professor: Dr. Bradley Seebach

Office: Cowley Hall Rm 3018




Class: Lecture - TuTh 1 hr each; Laboratory - Friday 4 hours


Primary textbook:

Purves et al. (2001) Neuroscience. 2nd edition.Κ Sinauer Associates, Inc., Sunderland, MA.Κ


Additional readings:

Zigmond, M.J., Bloom, F.E., Landis, S.C., Roberts, J.L. and Squire, L.R. (1999) Fundamental Neuroscience.Κ Academic Press, San Diego CA, 1600 pages.Κ (on reserve at library)


Welcome to Neurophysiology!Κ This is a one-semester survey course w/laboratory covering numerous topics relating to the central and peripheral nervous systems.Κ We will integrate general principles of neurophysiology into discussion of current research in the broader field of neuroscience.Κ My main objective for this course is to provide you with a variety of learning situations in order to:

a)      give you a better understanding of and appreciation for neuroscience and

b)      to further your experience in teaching yourself how to learn.


You should establish your own personal goals and objectives for this course and make a constant effort to meet these objectives.


I will try to make the course more interesting and your learning experience more permanent by seeking your active participation in many areas of the course.Κ This semester you will:

1)      plan the course syllabus by suggesting topics of interest;

2)      present a topic of interest to the class in the form of an short oral presentation;

3)      be involved in all aspects of the course such as writing exam questions, evaluating peer exams, oral presentations, lab reports and posters;

4)      perform several laboratory experiments which will then be presented as publication quality manuscripts or professional quality posters; and

5)      participate in group and class discussions of homework questions and exam study questions.



Exams 1 and 2ΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚ 15% each (30% total)


Oral presentationΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚ 8%

HomeworkΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚ 8% (student exam questions, homework questions)

LaboratoryΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚΚ 32% (2 group reports and 1 group poster)


Graduate Students

Graduate students enrolled in this course will have a somewhat different set of responsibilities.Κ They will work on similar projects in the laboratory and in the lecture, but·ΚΚ

(1)    Along with the final laboratory manuscript, each graduate student will need to prepare a discussion section that includes a good primary literature search and places the research project in the context of current neuroscience research.

(2)    Lecture presentations will be prepared and presented individually.

(3)   Expectations about the quality of writing throughout the course will be higher.