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Biological Bases of Behavior PSB 3002

REVISED SYLLABUS

Course Information

Instructor: Stephanie Linley, Ph.D.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am to 12:20 pm
Fall 2011 Davie Campus – ES 254

Office Location: E&S 241

email: slinley1@fau.edu

Office Hours: Available Tuesdays 12:30-2PM or by appointment

Teaching Assistant: Maria Corbett

email: mcorbet1@fau.edu

Course Objectives

This is an upper level undergraduate course which is intended to present the fundamental biological principles of psychobiology/behavioral neuroscience to science undergraduate students. This course will cover the concepts of cellular and structural anatomy and physiology of the nervous system; the neurotransmitter systems and psychopharmacology; the functional anatomy of sensory systems, including vision, audition, olfaction, gustation and somatosensattion; and the motor system.

Prerequisites: General Psychology (PSY1012) is a required prerequisite. In addition, it is highly recommended that students complete an introductory biology course previous to this class (BSC 1010 Biological Principles or BSC 2085 Anatomy & Physiology I). This course is built on the foundation of basic properties of cell biology. If students are unsure of whether their prerequisites provide enough background for this course, they should check with the professor.

Textbooks

1. Physiology of Behavior by Neil Carlson. 11th edition. Allyn & Bacon, 2011 (Ed 8-10 are suitable for Bio Bases I and are a cost effective alternative.

2. Lecture notes will be uploaded to Blackboard. http://blackboard.fau.edu. If you do not have an active blackboard account or need assistance with Blackboard, please contact IRM services.

3. Additional reading materials from journal articles and other textbooks may be used to supplement the textbook, and will be posted on Blackboard for students to print out and read.

Course Expectations.

1. 1. This is an upper level undergraduate course required for psychology and psychobiology majors. This course is intended as an introductory course in behavioral neuroscience. All students must have completed the prerequiste PSY1012 General Psychology course. It is also strongly recommended that all students have completed an introductory college level biology course, as the principles of cell biology are required for this course.

2. Please be respectful to your instructor and other students during the lecture. This means showing up to class promptly, and being respectful to others making everty effort to not disturb the class. This includes but is not limited to talking with your classmates in a way that interferes with my lectures or other students surrounding you, and turning off/silencing all cellular phones, pagers, and other personal communication devices. I suggest taking your notes by hand or the use of a tape recorder. This gives you a chance to review the notes by hand, and typing them up later, giving you an additional opportunity to clarify and review material while studying the course. However, if you must use a laptop to take notes in class, it MUST be used for note taking only! DO NOT use your laptops to surf the internet, check the news, google, instant message, facebook, tweet, etc.. You will be asked to leave the lecture if you do so.

3. Please take notes and be an active participant in the lectures. If there is something you are not sure of, raise your hand and ask. Chances are you are not the only person in the classroom with the question.

4. Do not cheat. Any person found cheating will receive a zero on the exam or assignment given and academic irregularities will be reported to the college. Cheating not only includes quizzes and exams, but also includes plagiarism. If students turn in review sheets which are identical in wording to one another, it will be considered plagiarism and will be reported. If you have any questions on...
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