The Essentials

Dates

The course runs from May 13 through August 15

D2L will open on May 6. There is an introduction discussion post due at 11:59 pm on May 14. Other introduction assignments and the first content assignment are due on May 15.

Holidays are Memorial Day, May 29 and July 4th.

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Course Structure

This course is completed asynchronously by all students.

There are four units. Each exam covers one unit.

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Graded Work

The only graded assignments in the course are the exams and the end of semester reflection. However, there is scheduled assigned work throughout the semester. This work, which includes textbook reading and quizzes, application questions, synthesis questions, and reflections, have all be designed to scaffold learning and prepare students for the exams.

Work Submission Expectations

Application questions and synthesis question deadlines are for guidance only. However, completing these assignments are necessary to open each exam and be successful on those. Self-awareness about your personal learning strengths / weaknesses is useful:

  • Are you a student that is strong with time management and can stay on track without a strict schedule? Then complete the assignments as you see fit.
  • Are you a student that needs a schedule to manage course work and not get behind? Then complete assignments according to the course schedule.

It is expected students will meet deadlines for graded assignments, exam learning reflections, introductory assignments, and end of semester reflection.

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Required Textbook

Henley, C. Foundations of Neuroscience. Open Edition. (Free online text. Links to assigned readings will be provided each week).

Required Technology

Students will need access to a laptop or tablet and reliable internet.

Students will be required to use Desire 2 Learn (D2L) and Crowdmark. We will also have an optional Discord server (invite provided in D2L).

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Within D2L, we will be using Microsoft Word documents. You will download the documents to your computer, edit them, and then upload them for submission. Please make sure you have installed Word through spartan365.msu.edu. I also recommend saving all course documents in Microsoft OneDrive to avoid any accidental loss of work due to computer issues. Microsoft OneDrive is available to all students and automatically saves your work to the cloud as you edit.

Communication

You can contact me via the private discussion forum in our D2L class, in our Discord class server, or by email, but I am also accessible via the chat tool in Microsoft Teams. If you choose to email, please put “NEU 300” in your subject line.

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