PSL1068H - Advanced Topics: Molecular Basis of Behaviour

Course Coordinators: M. Zhuo

The goal of the course is for students to gain a broad perspective on the molecular basis of behavior. Students will discuss and evaluate advanced topics in the molecular determinants of behavior; from physiological to pathological mechanisms of plasticity. More specifically, we will explore learning and memory, pain and drug abuse.

Two student presentation (1 hour each) per class, based upon current research papers in selected areas for each class. Original papers and reviews will be used for student presentations and discussion. Active participation in discussions will be an absolute requirement. For each presentation, two students discussants in addition to the presenter will be assigned to review the paper and asked to come to class with prepared questions.

This course will focus on selected topics in molecular basis of behavior. Students will be expected to make presentations based on appropriate literature listed by the teaching faculty. Participation in discussions will also be required. Presentation topics will be chosen from the following topics:

LI Topic 1: Synapse and Plasticity
LI Topic 2: Learning and Memory
LI Topic 3: Persistent Pain
LI Topic 4: Drug Addiction

Students need not have a strong background in all topics covered. In fact, one of the major goals of the course is to broaden the interdisciplinary background of the participants.

Participation in weekly class discussions: 20%
In order for this class to be a success, student participation is a must. 
Students will be assessed on the basis of their roles as discussants and general contribution to the in-class discussion.

Oral Presentations : 40%
Original research papers will be assigned to the student.  Each student will present the paper to the class and offer a critique of the paper. 
Student's will present a few times depending on class size.  Presentations will be assessed by faculty members in the classroom.

Written Report: 40%
The written report will be a 2-page mini-review and critique on an assigned paper.  Students will be expected to incorporate knowledge gained during the class. 

Last updated: 22-OCT-2019