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Fall 2020 Syllabus

Neurobiology (NEU 300) will use neuroscience concepts to practice thinking and working like a scientist. Students will practice reading and interpreting graphs, drawing conclusions, making predictions, and forming arguments to support claims. Course components promote student engagement and learning by using activities that have been shown through research to be effective. Low stakes opportunities for practice (discussions, synthesis questions, review video analysis) provide a foundation for demonstrating knowledge on exams. Student reflections play an important role as students evaluate their own work and make improvements for future assessments. Dr. Henley places student success as the top priority of this course and wants every student to walk away from this semester feeling like a more confident scientist. 

NEU 300 will allow you to explore how the mammalian nervous system functions. In order to provide insight into experiences like vision, taste, stress, fear, learning, and social bonding, the course will begin by examining basic properties of the cells that make up your nervous system and build to analyzing research data and drawing big picture conclusions about nervous system function.

In 2019, the National Association of Colleges and Employers1 determined that the most important skill employers look for in college graduates are a) problem solving skills, b) teamworking skills, and c) communication skills. In this course, you will work to practice and improve these skills so that you can be confident and capable in your critical thinking abilities as you move forward in your education and future careers. Content knowledge is important and necessary, but these skills are essential for a successful scientific career, whether in health care, academia, government, or industry.

I consider the course structure, content, and policies to always be a work in progress. If I discover certain procedures are not working for us as a class, we can revise as needed.

  1. National Association of Colleges and Employers. Job Outlook 2019. (2019) at NACE