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Kine 3670 Course Outline 2013


Department
Kinesiology & Health Science
Course Code
KINE 3670
Professor
Robert Crawford

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KINE 3670: Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience with Applications to Health.
COURSE SCHEDULE
KINE 3670: Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience with Applications
to Health.
TEXTBOOK: Dale Purves, George J Augustine, David Fitzpatrick, Lawrence C
Katz, Anthony-Samuel LaMantia, James O McNamara, and S
Mark Williams. “Neuroscience” 5th Edition..
COURSE DIRECTOR: Dr. Dorota Anna Crawford
Email: dakc@yorku.ca
Course website: http://www.yorku.ca/dakc/KINE4512
TA: Christine Wong. Email: cwong87@yorku.ca
GRADING: Midterm exam 1 30%
Midterm exam 2 30%
Final Exam 40%
Exam relevant material will consist of (i) the content of the chapters from the textbook listed in
the course syllabus and (ii) all the material covered in the lectures and power point slides. Exams
will consist of multiple choice, short answer and essay-type questions. It is strongly advised that
you attend classes. If you miss a midterm exam for a documented medical or other reason the
weight of the missed exam will be transferred to the other exam. There will be no make-up
exams. If you miss the final exam, with appropriate documentation, you will be required to write
a make-up exam. Proper documentation must be delivered to the course director NO LATER
THAN 1 WEEK FOLLOWING THE EXAM.
Do not approach the course director to have your grade increased. THE ANSWER IS NO!!
Any grade adjustments will be applied to EVERYONE, no special circumstances will be
granted. No “extra assignments” will be available for anyone to write.
COURSE GOALS:
The course will help you to gain a deeper understanding of the basic molecular and cellular
mechanisms of the brain, and their applications to various disease processes. The course covers
topics ranging from neuronal structure and function, communication at the synapse, membrane
receptors and intra- and intercellular signaling systems within the sensory, motor and memory
systems. The course will also cover the cellular and molecular processes underlying neuronal
development, including differentiation of nerve cells, migration of neurons, mechanisms of
axonal growth and guidance, target recognition and synapse formation, and the basis of synaptic
specificity. Applications to specific disease processes will be described to illustrate the clinical
applications of basic neuroscience. This course will provide basic understanding of molecular
mechanisms underlying brain dysfunctions that contribute to disorders of the nervous system and
rationales for pharmacological treatments.
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