|Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Vladimir Balcar|
Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week, one 3-hour practical and one 3-hour tutorial per fortnight.
Assessment: Two 1-hour exams, neuroanatomy practical test, prac report, paper discussion sessions, library essay (100%)
Textbooks: Kandel, Schwartz, Jessel. Principles of Neural Science. 4th edition. Elsevier. 2000. or Bear, Connors, Paradiso. Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain. Williams & Wilkins. 2001.
Nolte. The Human Brain. 4th edition, C.V. Mosby Co. 1999.
|The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. Our current knowledge of how the brain works is based on the analysis of the normal structure of the nervous system and its pathways, the functional effects of lesions and neurological diseases in different parts of the nervous system, and the way that nerve cells work at the molecular, cellular and integrative level. This course focuses on to the neural circuits and the mechanisms that control somatic and autonomic motor systems, motivated behaviours, emotions, and other higher order functions. The lecture series addresses the different topics, each of which offers special insight into the function of the nervous system in health and disease.|