MSCI 650 Fundamentals of Neuroscience

An introductory study of the basic principles of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neurochemistry designed to help students gain a good understanding of the human brain and spinal cord. Topics will include learning and memory, emotions, and neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.

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This course introduces the essential anatomy and physiology of the human nervous system. The role of the nervous system in regulating and directing the systems of the body is a crucial component of understanding human physiology. Specifically, this course is designed to prepare the student to correlate functional neuroanatomy with clinical outcomes, and provide a foundation in basic neuroscience.

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After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 750 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 2 scholarly references in addition to the Bible. Along with the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 350 words and contain at least 1 scholarly reference in addition to the Bible.

The student will write two 5–8 page research papers that focus on a neurological case study. The student must include at least 5 references from current, published scientific journals. All citations must be in current APA format.

There are 4 anatomy quizzes that will cover all neuroanatomy presented in Learn for the applicable Module: Week. The neuroanatomy quizzes will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 short answer questions, and have a 50 minute time limit.

The 4 material quizzes will cover the Learn material presented in the applicable Module: Week. These quizzes will be open-book/open-notes, contain 38 multiple-choice and 2 essay questions, and have a 65 minute time limit.

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