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Neurophysiology

COURSE CODE: PHY 2201
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physiology, B.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: Faculty of Biomedical Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

PRE-REQUISITES: General human physiological studies in the previous semester.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION

 

Brain mechanisms in sensation and perception are Analyzed in detail for vision, hearing and touch, and for the position sense arising from muscles, joints and the vestibular apparatus. Segments are also included on nerve transmitters and neuromodulators; neural mechanisms in certain higher functions, e.g. language and memory; and nervous system plasticity.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

The sensorimotor mechanisms responsible for the control of fine movement and postural regulation are also studied at different levels of the nervous system, from the sensory and motor nerves within muscles through to the highest levels of cerebral cortical function. Experimental work introduces the student to electrophysiological and other neuroscience research techniques, and in seminar-discussion groups to a critical evaluation of neuroscience research literature.

COURSE AIMS

 

During the course the students will be facilitated to;

 

a.   State the basic components of the central nervous system. b.   Discuss the properties of the neuron.

c.   List   the   major   divisions   of   the   cerebrum,   their   functions,   and   lesion manifestations for each.

d.   Identify the basal ganglia, extrapyramidal system and the clinical significance of each.


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