TimeDaysLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS Class NumberSyllabus (Tentative)
4:00pm-5:15pm
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1462 CR 109
Calabrese, Ronald L. Jaeger, Dieter. 41760 TBA.

January 18, 2012- May 01, 2012

Prerequisites: Biol 142 and Biol 360/NBB 301.

Catalog Description: Prerequisites: Biology 360 or IBS 502 or equivalent. Exploration of single neurons and biological neural networks with computer simulations. Each class consists of an introductory lecture followed by computer tutorials using the GENESIS software under UNIX. Specific topics include passive cable theory, compartmental modeling, voltage-gated and synaptic conductances, motor pattern generation, and cortical networks.

Semester Details:

Exploration of single neurons and biological neural networks with computer simulations and Matlab-based data analysis.  Each class consists of an introductory lecture followed by a computer lab using neural simulation software and Matlab.  Specific topics include passive cable theory, Hodgkin-Huxley channel modeling, compartmental modeling, motor pattern generation, cortical sensory processing, information theory, and analysis of network activity patterns.

This course will fulfill elective credit for the biology major.

Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources

  1. Bower, James M. and David Beeman. The Book of GENESIS. (Free on-line at www.genesis-sim.org).

Grading

Assignment/ExamDetails% of Total Grade
GradingGrades will be determined through homework and a final exam.

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