NEUR122 Clinical Neuroscience
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Neuroscience
- I. Course Number and Title
- NEUR122 Clinical Neuroscience
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- NEUR121 (C or better)
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- Lecture format. Topics are presented in various modes, including but not limited to, traditional lecture style, classroom exercises emphasizing the analysis of clinical cases, and computer simulations and exercises.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This course examines the neurobiological basis of brain disorders across the lifespan, from disorders that typically present in childhood, such as autism, to degenerative conditions of old age, such as Alzheimer's disease. Students learn about diagnostic techniques and current treatments for brain disorders.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- demonstrate an understanding of how abnormalities in brain structure and function, developmental aberrations, and the interaction between genetic and environmental factors contribute to the onset and progression of brain disorders;
- describe specific abnormalities associated with representative disorders;
- describe diagnostic techniques used in current clinical practice;
- describe treatments for brain disorders with an emphasis on psychopharmacology;
- use library resources, including online electronic resources, to identify and retrieve articles on brain disorders published in the peer-reviewed literature; and
- read and discuss articles on brain disorders published in the peer-reviewed literature.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- review of the structural and functional features of neurons, basic neuroanatomy, and neurotransmission
- review of scientific literacy skills
- diagnosis of brain disorders
- psychopharmacology and other treatment modalities
- brain development and developmental disorders
- movement disorders
- disorders of the sensory systems
- brain and spinal cord injuries
- aging and neurodegenerative disorders
- disorders of language, cognition, and attention
- mood disorders
- anxiety disorders
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsExams, papers, and/or projects as specified in the individual instructor's course format will be utilized.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:Students use educational resources as specified in the individual instructor's course syllabus.
Approval/Revision Date: Approved 11/16/2012; New Core 8/2015