McMASTER UNIVERSITY PSYCH 2NF3 – Basic & Clinical Neuroscience
Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays (11:30AM – 12:20PM)
Location: Chester New Hall (CNH), Room 104
Instructor Dr. Ayesha Khan
Office Hours: Fridays, 12:30 – 1:30PM, or by appointment
Office Location: Psychology Building (PC), Rm 107
E-mail: [email protected]
Please include the course code (Psych 2NF3) in the subject of all E-mails.
Course Description This course is intended to provide an introduction to the primary principles ofneuropsychology
with particular emphasis on study of the pathological brain.
We will begin by understanding essential concepts in neuroanatomy including organization of the
nervous system, followed by an exploration of neuronal communication. Remainder of the course
will focus on cortical function and pathologies associated with brain disorders and ways in which
these disorders influence behaviour.
By the end of this course you should have : 1) an understanding of fundamentals in neuroanatomy
and brain function, and 2) a better ability to identify basic behavioural manifestations that arise
due to brain dysfunction.
This course is also part of a new and exciting initiative called MacEngaged whose aim is to
involve undergraduate students early in their academic career s with civic engagement. A major
goal is to help students gain more value from the content learned in their courses by contributing
to the betterment of others outside the classroom. An additional aim is to help student’s achieve
important skills that can contribute to success in other courses and beyond (i.e., those that could be
listed on a résumé or curriculum vitae) completion of their undergraduate education. Students will
work in small groups to create, develop, and implement a unique yet meaningful project under a
specific theme within the field of neuropsychology that will help contribute to the local,
neighbouring, or global community.
Three lectures; one term
Prerequisite(s): PSYCH 1X03, 1XX3 with a grade of at least C+ in each, and one of BIOLOGY
1A03, 1M03, 1P03 or Grade 12 Biology U; or ISCI 1A24; or registration in Arts & Science, the
B.H.Sc. (Honours), the Honours Music (Music Cognition) or any Honours Cognitive Science of
Antirequisite(s): LIFE SCI 2C03, PSYCH 2D03, 2F03, 2N03
Required Materials 1. Kolb, W., & Wishaw I.Q. (2009). th
Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6 Edition).
USA: Worth Publishers
2. iClickers will be used for all quizzes.
Every student needs to purchase an iClicker and should bring
it to every quiz date. iClickers can be purchased at the
Campus Store and must be registered online with your name
and McMaster student ID .
- 1 - Evaluation Your final grade will be based on:
1. Midterm 1 (20%)
2. Midterm 2 (20%)
3. In-class Quizzes (Top 8 out of 10; 10%)
4. MacEngaged Group Project (15%)
5. Cumulative Final exam (35%) to be scheduled by the Office of the Registrar
* Detailed information about each course component is posted on Avenue to Learn.
Tests, Quizzes, & Final Quizzes will be administered in class through iClickers. All quiz questions will be multiple -choice
Exam in format. Further instructions will b e provided in class.
The two mid-term tests and final exam will comprise of a combination of multiple-choice,
true/false statements, and written-response questions. Sample questions will be posted on Avenue
to Learn prior to each test.
Test questions will be based on material covered in lectures and/or in the text. Please be sure to
complete all text readings and keep up-to-date with content discussed during lecture. If you miss
a class, please do not email the instructor for lecture notes.
Information presented via video or audio format will be testable on the midterm s and final exam.
Due to copyright issues, it may not be possible to post videos/audio recordings presented in class
on Avenue to Learn. If you miss a class, please ask a fellow classmate for lecture notes.
In-class quizzes will be held throughout the semester. The purpose of these quizzes is to
encourage reading of text and review of lecture material and to think about course content through
critical analysis. Further instructions about deadlines and how to prepare for these quizzes will be
discussed in class.
The final exam will be three hours in duration and cumulative, covering questions from all
chapters, lecture notes, and audio/video presentations from throughout the semes ter.
Web Postings In this course we will be using Avenue to Learn. Students should be aware that, when they access
the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user
names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all
other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used.
Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or
concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.
Changes to the Course At certain points in the course it may make good sense to modify the schedule outlined.
The instructor reserves the right to modify elem ents of the course and will notify students
accordingly, both in class and on Avenue to Learn.
Posted changes take precedence over this course outline.
The University may ch ange the dates and deadlines fo r any or all courses in extreme circumstances.
If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the
students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the
responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course web sites weekly during the
term and to note any changes.
- 2 - Course Policies
Missed Tests & Quizzes No make-up tests or quizzes are offered for this course. Your best scores of 8 out of 10 quizzes
will be used to calculate your quiz grade. The percentage associated with each missed test will get
added to your final exam (given that you have submitted a MSAF or have permission from your
Associate Dean’s Office ).
McMaster Student If you are absent from the university for a minor medical reason, lasting fewer than 5 days, you
Absence Form may report your absence, once per term, without documentation, using the McMaster Student
Absence Form (http://www.mcmaster.ca/msaf/). Absences for a longer duration or for other
reasons must be reported to your Faculty/Program office, with documentation, and relief from
term work may not necessarily be granted.
When using the MSAF, report your absence to [email protected]
Clearly write PSYCH 2NF3 in the title of your message.
Our Teaching Assistants will monitor this E -mail account and will respond within a few days
about what relief may be granted for the work you have missed.
Other Academic Matters
If you require a specific grade in this course, please make sure that you create a schedu le for
yourself that will allow for you to : (1) complete all readings and course requirements , (2) attend all
class meetings, (3) create a realistic study schedule, and (4) visit the Instructor and/or TAs during
office hours for additional help. If you ar e struggling with course material, ask for help early!
Bonus Marks Your final course grade will be