Selected Topics in Neurobiology

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Selected Topics in Neurobiology

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Neuroscience

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ANAT 242 or ANAT 232

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An in-depth study of selected topics in neuroscience.

    In ANAT 336 students carry out in-depth research into two research topics of particular interest to members of our department. In small groups, students are introduced to the research topic, and given appropriate training and resources to independently explore the relevant literature. Students are expected to read and summarise articles prior to their next scheduled meetings and may be asked to present their summaries to the class and to participate in interactive group discussions. Within the sessions the 'next steps' in the research will be explored, including discussion of particular relevant methodologies. Assessment is via writing of annotated bibliographies, essays and a final exam.

    Learning Outcomes
    -Will have an in-depth knowledge of selected areas of research interest.
    -Be able to critically analyse the scientific literature.
    -Will have enhanced knowledge of experimental procedures relevant to the research topic.
    -Will have experience in compiling information and formatting a research essay.

    Course Structure
    Themes will differ each offering, depending on the teaching staff and their research interests. The current themes are:
    Theme A: Alzheimer's Disease
    Theme B: Understanding the Mechanisms of Neurotransmission
    Theme C: AMPARs and Absence Epilepsy
    Theme D: Ethanol-Induced Brain Damage
    Theme E: Neuroendrocrinology

    Text books are not required for this course.

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