Course Overview and Policies

Overview: This is an introductory course on "how the brain works" that is appropriate for all backgrounds and majors. Topics include the function of nerve cells, neural signaling, sensory and motor systems, learning and memory, attention, motivation, emotions, language, neural development and neurological disorders.

Recommended Text: This course closely follows the chapter-order and content of

  • Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain, 4th Ed. by Mark Bear, Barry Connors, & Michael Paradiso (2015)
    (The 3rd ediiton, published in 2007, would also be fine.)
This text is very well written and highly recommended. Many of the same topics are also covered in this from the UT Medical School at Houston. This could be a useful supplement to the recommended text.

Exams: There will be 4 in-class exams, and 2 make-up/improvement exams offered during finals week. No other conflict exams will be offered during the semester. See the Exams tab for full details.

Academic Integrity: As students in MCB 314, I expect you to maintain high standards of collegial behavior and academic integrity. On exams, the answers that your turn must be your own, formulated during the exam from your own understanding of the material without any supporting information, be it written, verbal or electronic. Copying the work of another student, or allowing another student to copy your work is considered cheating. During exams, make a conscious effort to protect your answers from the view of other students to help minimize the likelihood of such occurrences. The use of mobile phones, tablets, laptops or other electronic devices during exams is strictly prohibited. Any form of cheating on MCB 314 exams is unacceptable, and may earn you a zero score for the exam. Furthermore, such academic integrity violations will be dealt with in accordance with the University-wide standards described in the Student Code pertaining to Academic Integrity and Procedure.

Emergency Preparedness: For you own safety, please view the following two-minute video provided by the campus Division of Public Safety on how to prepare yourself for emergency situations that might arise:
A two-minute emergency preparedness video