NEUR122 Clinical Neuroscience

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Neuroscience

I. Course Number and Title
NEUR122 Clinical Neuroscience
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
NEUR121 (C or better)
Corequisites
None
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
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. 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;
      2. describe specific abnormalities associated with representative disorders;
      3. describe diagnostic techniques used in current clinical practice;
      4. describe treatments for brain disorders with an emphasis on psychopharmacology;
      5. use library resources, including online electronic resources, to identify and retrieve articles on brain disorders published in the peer-reviewed literature; and
      6. read and discuss articles on brain disorders published in the peer-reviewed literature.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. review of the structural and functional features of neurons, basic neuroanatomy, and neurotransmission
    2. review of scientific literacy skills
    3. diagnosis of brain disorders
    4. psychopharmacology and other treatment modalities
    5. brain development and developmental disorders
    6. movement disorders
    7. disorders of the sensory systems
    8. brain and spinal cord injuries
    9. aging and neurodegenerative disorders
    10. disorders of language, cognition, and attention
    11. mood disorders
    12. anxiety disorders
    13. schizophrenia
    14. addiction
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Exams, papers, and/or projects as specified in the individual instructor’s course format will be utilized.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Students use educational resources as specified in the individual instructor’s course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Approval/Revision Date: Approved 11/16/2012