BIOL-4150 Nerve cell mechanisms in behavior (3 credits)
BIOL-6150 Neural bases of behavior (3 credits, Graduate course)
Spring, 2016 - Syllabus and Information
Class: Tuesday - Thursday, 12:45-2:00
Dr. Stark, 111 Macelwane, 977-7151,
Office hrs. whenever I am there with open door or by appointment, see schedule
E-mail- StarkWS@SLU.EDU
home page- http://starklab.slu.edu, course - http://starklab.slu.edu/neuro/SyllabusNeuro98.htm
Text: D. Purves et al., Neuroscience, Sinauer Associates, Inc, New York, 2012 (fifth edition) ISBN 978-0-87893-646-5
DISCLAIMER: This page and the pages linked to it are not corrected for tabs, Greek letters, superscripts, subscripts, underlines or italics
SECOND DISCLAIMER: check at the bottom of each lecture outline as to whether it has been recently updated

Here is a cumulative outline
Here are cumulative test questions organized by outline topic (2005-2012)

The following schedule is tentative, but the exam dates are fixed:

An offering for Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 16) I have a dream

Tues. 1/17 Introduction Chapter 1 and figures from Chapters 6 & 27 and Appendix, Sylvius, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB, pdf of slides

Thurs. 1/19 Neurons and glia Chapter 1, Figures from Chapters 3, 6, 21, Appendix, Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome subject JH, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB (JH), 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB, pdf of slides

Tues. 1/24 Bioelectric potentials, Ion pumps Chapter 2, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB, pdf of slides

Thurs. 1/26 Action potentials and conductances, Chapter 3, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB, pdf of slides

Tues. 1/31 finish Properties of ion channels, Chapter 4, begin synapses, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB

An offering for February Black History Month

Thurs. 2/2 Synapses & Electrophysiology Chapter 5, begin transmitters, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB, pdf of slides

Tues. 2/7 Neurotransmitters and neuromodulators Chapter 6 and 21, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB, pdf of slides

Interview with psychiatrist Robert Marietta is relevant to several issues in the transmitter outline

Thurs. 2/9 Neurotransmitters and neuromodulators Chapter 6 and 21, Start receptors, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB

Tues. 2/14 Second messenger systems Chapter 7, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB, pdf of slides

Thurs. 2/16 Test 1
, answers here, out of 65, average = 55.67, SD = 10.56, A = 60.5-65 (n=11), A- = 55-55.5 (n=2), B = 48.8-49 (n=2), B- = 42-42.5 (n=2), C+=37 (n=1), C = 33.5 (n=1)
2016 answers here, out of 65, average = 54.83, SD = 8.95, A = 58-65 (n=5), A- = 54-56 (n=2), B+=50.5 (n=1), C+=33.5 (n=1)
2015 answers here, out of 65, average = 49.64, SD=10.11, A=58-64 (n=6), A-=55.5--56.5, (n=4), B+ = 50.5-53.5 (n=5), B=45-48 (n=8), B-=41-43.5 (n=2), C= 31 (n=1), C-=24-25.5
2014 answers here, out of 65, average = 49.85, SD=9.30, A=55.5-64 (n=16), A-=51-54, (n=5), B+ = 47.5 (n=1), B=44.5-45.5 (n=4), B-=40-43 (n=4), C+=34.5-37.5 (n=3), C= 8 (n=1)
2013: answers here, out of 65, average = 40.36, SD=12.61, A=52.5-62 (n=6), A-=45.5-49.5, (n=6), B+ = 41-41.5 (n=2), B=34-38.5 (n=5), C+=27.5 (n=2), C= 23-25 (n=3), C-=16.5-21 (n=2)
2012: answers here, out of 65, average = 45.64, SD=12.38 , A=57-62 (n=9), A-=49-53, (n=3), B+ = 44.5-46.5 (n=5), B=39-43 (n=6), B-=32.5-36 (n=2), C= 20-25 (n=2), C-=13.5 (n=1)
2011: answers here, out of 65, average = 43.33, SD=12.38 , A+=64 (n=1), A=51-55 (n=8), A-=48.5-50, (n=7), B+ = 43.5-45 (n=2), B=33.5-35 (n=3), B-=29.5-31.5 (n=2), C= 23-24.5 (n=3), C-=14 (n=1)

Tues. 2/21 finish transmitter receptors, Neuroanatomy part of Chapter 1, Appendix, the Sylvius CD, Box A in Chapter 19 for prions, Figure from chapter 22, pdf of slides, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB

Thurs. 2/23 Brain dissection,, Dissection guide, Glossary of neuroanatomical terms, 2017PodCast, 2017PodcastB, 2016PodCast

Tues. 2/28 Brain dissection,, Dissection guide, Glossary of neuroanatomical terms, 2017PodCast, 2016PodCast,

On womens' history month (March), remembering Dian Fossey, known for studies of gorillas, conservation efforts, and confrontation with poachers. She was murdered on Dec. 26, 1985.

Thurs. 3/2 - The Somatic Sensory System and Pain Chapters 9-10, pdf of slides, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB

Tues. 3/7 finish touch, Start Vision and the eye Chapter 11 pdf of slides, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB

Thurs. 3/9 finish Vision and the eye, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB

Tues. 3/14 and Thurs. 3/16 Spring Break

Tues. 3/21 Vision and the Brain Chapter 12, pdf of slides, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB

Thurs. 3/23 Audition and vestibular system Chapters 13 & 14, pdf of slides, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB

Tues. 3/28 Olfaction and gustation Chapter 15, pdf of slides, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB

Thurs 3/30 Test 2
, answers here, out of 65 average = 58.18, SD = 7.43, A = 59.5-65 (n=12), A- = 52.5-57.5 (n=3), B- = 42.5-47.5 (n=4)
2016 answers here, out of 65, average = 53.72, SD = 10.13, A = 59.5-63.5 (n=4), A- = 53-56.5 (n=3), B-=44.5 (n=1), C+=31 (n=1)
2015 answers here, out of 65, average = 40.64, SD=14.97, A=60-60.5 (n=2), A-=53-56, (n=7), B+=47-48 (n=3), B=39-42.5 (n=5), B-=34-35 (n=4), C= 30 (n=1), C-=24 (n=1), D=8-11.5 (n=3)
2014 answers here, out of 65, average = 44.1, SD=8.16, A=50-54 (n=7), A-=46.5-48.5, (n=11), B=39-43.5 (n=7), C+=34 (n=3), C= 30-30.5 (n=2), C-=22.5-25 (n=2)
2013 answers here, out of 65, average=43.8,, SD= 10.1. A=53-61 (n=7), A-=45-49, (n=4), B+ = 40.5-43.5 (n=8), B-=34-35 (n=3), C+=29.5-31 (n=2), C-= 18.5 (n=1),
2012 Answers here, out of 65, average=47.04, SD= 10.63. A=55-60.5 (n=10), A-=51.5-52, (n=2), B+ = 46.5-49.5 (n=5), B=41.5-44 (n=8), B-=35-36.5 (n=2), C+=28-29(n=3), C= 24 (n=1),
For 2011: Answers here,out of 65, average=43.19, SD= 10.45. A+=62 (n=1), A=50-58 (n=7), A-=44.5-47.5, (n=5), B+ = 40.5-41.5 (n=5), B=39.5 (n=1), B-=32-33 (n=2), C+=25.5-27.5(n=3), C= 21 (n=1),

Test 3 coverage starts with olfaction

Tues 4/4, Spinal Motor Control Chapter 16-17, pdf of slides, start Brain Motor Control Chapters 18-20, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB, pdf of slides,

Thurs 4/6, Brain Motor Control, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB

Tues 4/11, Neural Development Chapter 22-23 pdf of slides, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB

(here's an offering for Good Friday and Passover)

Thurs. 4/13, Holy Thursday

Tues. 4/18, Finish Development, Memory at the Cellular Level Chapters 8 & 24, pdf of slides, 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB, 2016PodCast, 2016PodcastB

Thursday 4/20, finish cell learning, start Language and Cognition Chapters 26-27, Contralateral (hemispatial, left field) neglect syndrome subject RP, pdf of slides 2017PodCast, 2017PodCastB 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB

Tues 4/25 finish language snd cognition,, Biorhythms Chapter 28 pdf of slides, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB

Thurs. 4/27 Emotion and Motivation Chapter 29,, pdf of slides, Neuroendocrinology Chapter 30, pdf of slides, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB

Tues. 5/2 Seminar, related seminars 1 and 2 , 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB

Thurs. 5/4 Memory and the Brain , Chapter 31, pdf of slides, Review and Synthesis, 2016PodCast, 2016PodCastB

Final Thursday, May 11, 2016 12 noon - 1:50 p.m.

2016 FINAL
2015 Final
2014 Final
2013 answers here
2012 Final,
For 2011: answers here,

Attendance: While attendance will not be taken, there is no way to do well in this course without taking notes in class.

Grading: Tests and final are 65 points short answer. All students must take all three tests. Tests and final are not cumulative - they cover material since the previous test. The midterm grade will be the grade on the first test. The scores will be curved consistent with every year this course has been taught; for your information, last year's curves are printed on this syllabus. The course grade will be based on the exam scores. In the last few years, most grades are A's and B's, but about 20-25% of the class, those scoring less than 50%, were lower. Graduate students, those registering for BL A-615, will also give a presentation in which recent research is important (see library techniques). Graduate students are not given a grade advantage, extra credit for the presentation, over undergraduates. The grade is based strictly on the exam.

There is a hyperlink for Course description
There is a hyperlink for Course Objectives

Biology's zero tolerance policy on cheating.

Here is the obligatory link to the university statements concerning
Academic integrity
Sexual misconduct
Student success center
and
Disabilities accommodations

If you have special needs, these must be documented with the disabilities office (link). Make certain that you fill out the required paperwork by the required deadlines if you need special testing in the Testing Center. Also, I ask you to communicate with me in the first two weeks of class to be certain I know what accomodations to make.

As a study guide, the following are posted:
Test1 For 2011: Answers here
Test1 For 2009: Answers here,
Test1 For 2008: Answers here
Test2 For 2011: Answers here
Test2 For 2009: Answers here
Test2 For 2008, Answers here
Final For 2011: Answers here,
Final For 2009: Answers here,
Final For 2008: Answers here,

As a resource, the following graduate student PowerPoint presentations from 2006-14 are posted
Undergraduate student presentation - Andrew McLaughlin - "Mechanisms of coup and contrecoup injuries during trauma to the brain," .pdf of slides, 2015PodCast,
Graduate Student Presentation, Jesse Balaban-Feld, Drosophila mating,, pdf of slides, 2014PodCast, 2014PodCast (second half),
Graduate student presentation, Ian Hakkinen, Myelination, pdf of slides, 2013PodCast,
Graduate student presentation, Dominic Fasula, Retinitis pigmentosa, pdf of slides,2012PodCast,
Graduate student presentation, Katelyn Anderson, Cephalic disorders, pdf of slides, 2012Podcast,
Graduate student presentation, Zoya Mohammad, Learning disabilities, pdf of slides, 2012PodCast,
Graduate student presentation, Stan Andrisse, "Epilepsy" .pdf, PodCast
Undergraduate honors presentation, Bob Avino, "Chemokines, oligodendrocytes, spinal cord development" (.pdf) research at Loyola nad Northwestern, PodCast
Graduate student presentation, Andrew Laguna, "Integration in conscious visual awareness" (.pdf) PodCast
Graduate Student Presentation, Alex Akerberg, AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) - pdf, PodCast,
Graduate Student Presentation, Nat Royer, ALS (Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis), pdf, PodCast,
Undergraduate Student Presentation, Jacinta Robenstine., fear, amygdala, Urbach Wiethe syndrome, pdf, PodCast,
Graduate student presentation - Spencer Schwarz - Prions
Graduate student presentation - Michelle Li - Parkinson's disease
Graduate student presentation - Matthew Blewitt - Axon path finding
Graduate student presentation - Matthew Hulvey - Multiple sclerosis
Graduate student presentation - Julius Kim - Alzheimers
Graduate student presentation - Laura Mecker, Alzheimer's treatments
Undergraduate student presentation, Alejandro Ramirez - Sleep disorders and treatments
Undergraduate student presentation, Hetal Patel - Rewiring in the blind
Graduate student presentation: Peter Pichet Saengthien: Regeneration after CNS injuries, pdf
Graduate student presentation: Chrissy Simmons: Migration of neurons during embryonic development. pdf
Undergraduate student presentation: Laura Gunter: Neurophysiology of the Regulation of Food Intake. pdf
Graduate student presentation: Angie Hakenewerth, Neuropathic pain and associated Na+ channelopathies, pdf

Assessment will be a questionaire administered late in the semester basically addressed to whether the course met the objectives and what changes the students might suggest.

The department will administer the teacher evaluation using an on-line form. I will not see those replies until after final grades. They will be anonymous. The department will keep track of who replies and has reserved the right not to issue a grade to students who do not reply

Here are Hyperlinks for assessment reports for previous years:
Course Assessment Report for 2000
Course Assessment Report for 2002
Course Assessment Report for 2003
Course Assessment Report for 2005
Course Assessment Report for 2006
Course Assessment Report for 2007
Course Assessment Report for 2008
Course Assessment Report for 2009
Course Assessment Report for 2011
Course Assessment Report for 2012
Course Assessment Report for 2013
Course Assessment Report for 2014
Course Assessment Report for 2015
Course Assessment Report for 2016

This page last revised on April 20, 2017

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