BIO 373


Document Type

Course Change

Alternate Date

2007 - 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM DATE: Fall, 2007 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Identify the department and chair. Include phone number and email address. Department: Biology Chair: Dr. Karen Cangialosi (8-2578, kcangial@keene.edu) PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Identify the person(s) who should be contacted regarding the proposal. Include phone number and email address. This person is expected to attend Divisional and/or Senate Curriculum meetings to discuss the proposal. Dr. Johanna Kolodziejski (8-2380, jkolodziejski@keene.edu) TITLE SUMMARY: BIO 373 NEUROBIOLOGY PROPOSED ACTION: Underline proposed changes . Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: EXISTING (OLD) DATA: Insert the course information as it exists in the current KSC Catalog. You may copy the information electronically from the KSC Web page: http://www.keene.edu/catalog/mdc.cfm BIO 373 NEUROBIOLOGY 4 Credits The molecular, cellular, and system-level interactions governing the function of the nervous system. Topics include membrane biophysics, synaptic integration, signal processing, neuroendocrinology, and comparative neuroanatomy. Prerequisites: BIO 210, BIO 211, and BIO 212. Occasionally. PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE TITLE: Limit the course title to 30 characters, including spaces. If more characters are absolutely necessary for clarity, the sponsor should submit an abbreviated title to assure an intelligible abbreviated title of choice (for use in student information system, on transcripts, etc.). BIO 373 NEUROETHOLOGY PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE: Limit the Course Description to 50 words, not including prerequisites. Prerequisites should be clear and specific, e.g., as courses (e.g., ENG 101) or number of credits required. Finally, specify semester(s) the course will be offered. An ethological approach to the molecular, cellular and circuit-level interactions governing the function of the nervous system. Model ethological systems are used to investigate such topics as membrane biophysics, sensorimotor processing, synaptic integration, neuroendocrinology and learning and memory. Prerequisites: BIO 210, 211, and 212. 4 credits. Fall. LEARNING OUTCOMES: State knowledge and/or skills students will be expected to demonstrate by completion of this course. For more information, see Guidelines for Developing Program Objectives, Course Objectives, and Learning Outcomes: http://www.keene.edu/senate/proposals/help/Writing4.cfm . Content : • Demonstrate understanding of the structure, function, and classification of neurons • Demonstrate understanding of the ionic basis for membrane potentials • Demonstrate understanding of the physiological basis for synaptic transmission • Demonstrate understanding of the comparative aspects of the organization of animal nervous systems • Demonstrate understanding of model ethological systems, with emphasis on classic ethological history and current neuroethological techniques • Demonstrate understanding of sensorimotor processing within an ecological framework Skills : • Critically read, analyze, and critique primary literature • Develop familiarity with neuroethological equipment such as amplifiers, oscilloscopes, and electrical stimulators • Perform basic aspects of quantitative literacy including statistical hypothesis testing and descriptive statistics • Develop experimental design skills within the context of neural control of behavior • Develop oral presentation skills • Develop scientific informational literacy • Engage in professional networking through societal meetings and local symposiums RATIONALE: Explain why this change is being made. Address the connection with institutional mission, and/or department, program, and course objectives. The title and description change prevents excessive content overlap with BIO 212, Cells and Physiology. The change also allows for an upper-level neuroscience course that is integrated across behavioral, physiological, and ecological fields, therefore more closely aligning with our department’s new integrative lab/lecture format. RESOURCES: For course proposals, include the name of the faculty member(s) who will be teaching this course, whether tenure-track, full-time, or adjunct. Indicate whether additional staffing, facilities, and/or equipment will be required. Also, consider the long-term impact of adding a course or altering a program. When a proposal has staffing, space or monetary implications, the VPAA must be consulted and his or her comments should be included in this section. Dr. Johanna Kolodziejski Assistant Professor, tenure-track No additional staffing, facilities, and equipment will be required. What additional library resources will be required? Has the library been consulted to determine the adequacy of library holdings or to estimate the cost to improve these sufficiently? No change in current resource allocation is anticipated. ADVISORY OPINIONS: List the names of affected departments and include department responses. Advisory opinions are required whenever a proposal affects the curricula of other programs. A proposal must list all affected departments. An Advisory Opinion must be solicited at least two weeks prior to delivery of the proposal to the DCC. Affected departments have two weeks to respond to the request for an Advisory Opinion. Responses should be attached to the proposal. In the event that affected departments do not respond, evidence of the request for an Advisory Opinion from non-respondents must be provided. If a proposal affects a curriculum in a division other than that of the sponsor, each relevant department and the DCC in that division must review and approve the proposal as well. (The electronic curriculum review process tracks votes, advisory opinions and comments as required at each stage of the review.) Affected Departments: None


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BIO 373