PSL445H1F - Neuroscience - Cellular & Molecular

Tuesdays - 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Coordinator:  Dr. J. Gillis

Description:  The purpose of this course is to give undergraduate students an overview and grounding in the fundamentals of neuroscience. The main emphasis is on the cellular and molecular aspects of brain function. The lecturers, all experts in their respective topics, are drawn from the different university departments and associated research institutes. Each year the course is updated to reflect the rapid evolution of ideas in neuroscience. The course is administered through the Department of Physiology and the Toronto Western Research Institute. This course is open to both graduate and senior undergraduate students, however, it is a rigorous course that has been primarily designed for graduate students. Undergraduates must therefore have a strong background in life-sciences and have the required pre-requisites. This is an AE indicator course and may be added during your enrolment start date using ROSI/ACORN, but will appear with an interim status (INT) until reviewed by department. To facilitate extensive student-instructor interaction, enrollment will be capped.

Prerequisites:  PSL300H1 / CSB332H1 / CJH322H or permssion of instructor

Exclusions: PSL444Y1Y

Evaluation:  Examinations, as well as occasional review sessions or special topic discussion sessions will be held on Thursdays commencing at 4:30 p.m. Prior to each session, some required reading material may be distributed, but most lecture notes are distributed on the day of the lecture. The midterm examination will be held on the Thursday one week following the last lecture in each specific section of the course. The final exam will be set according to the University of Toronto schedule. The final mark for the course will be based solely upon these equally weighted two examinations.

Duration:  Tuesdays, 4:30 - 7:30 pm and (one or two) Thursdays 4:30 - 7:30 pm

Texts: (Texts are optional)

  • Principles of Neuroscience, 4th edition, E.R. Kandel, V.H. Schwartz, T.M. Jessell, 2000.
  • Elements of Molecular Neurobiology, 2nd Edition, by C.U.M. Smith, John Wily and sons, 1996.

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For more information contact:
Dr. Philippe Monnier at 603-5800 ext 5295 or