BIO-482 / 5 crédits

Enseignant(s): Petersen Carl, Crochet Sylvain

Langue: Anglais


Summary

This lecture course focuses on the cellular mechanisms of mammalian brain function. We will describe how neurons communicate through synaptic transmission in order to process sensory information ultimately leading to motor behavior.

Content

Keywords

Neurons, synapses, neuronal networks, learning, sensory processing, motor control

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Establish a detailed understanding of the structure and function of the fundamental building blocks of the brain, its synapses and neurons.
  • Discuss methods for studying brain function, including cellular electrophysiology and optical imaging.
  • Describe how synaptic input is integrated and processed in single neurons based on the active and passive properties of axons and dendrites.
  • Integrate cellular knowledge into an understanding of neuronal network function in the context of sensory processing.

Transversal skills

  • Use both general and domain specific IT resources and tools

Teaching methods

3 h of lectures per week

2 h of exercises per week

The lectures for the first half of the course will be online video-lectures from the BrainX MOOC "Cellular mechanisms of brain function" hosted at edX. These videos will be accompanied by 2 hours of exercises per week.

The miniproject in the second part of the semester will involve analysing a database of neurophysiological recordings to answer specific questions determined by the teacher, as well as addressing a new question developed individually by the student.

 

Expected student activities

Students are expected to attend the lecture and exercise sessions.

Assessment methods

Miniproject submitted by the last Friday of the semester (25% of final grade)

Written exam in the official exam period (75% of final grade)

Dans les plans d'études

  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Neuroscience: cellular and circuit mechanisms
  • Cours: 3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Neuroscience: cellular and circuit mechanisms
  • Cours: 3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Neuroscience: cellular and circuit mechanisms
  • Cours: 3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Neuroscience: cellular and circuit mechanisms
  • Cours: 3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Neuroscience: cellular and circuit mechanisms
  • Cours: 3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines

Semaine de référence

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8-9     
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