Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
9308025032011Physiology of Nervous SystemCompulsory116
Level of Course Unit
Second Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of this course is to emphasize the basic functional properties of the nervous system. Autonomic nervous system, sensory systems, motor systems and higher functions of the nervous system will be covered in the course. The course will start with examining the basic cellular and electrical properties of nerve cells and continue with functional anatomy of the nervous system. Students will learn the general properties of sensation and perception, reflex and voluntary control of movement, integration of sensory and motor systems. Autonomic nervous system which previously observed at peripheral level in other organ system courses will be over-viewed at central level together with homeostasis and stress processes. Students will learn the outline of the higher functions of the nervous system.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Ersin Oğuz Koylu, Prof. Dr. Gönül Peker, Prof. Dr. Lütfiye Kanıt, Prof. Dr. Özlem Yılmaz, Prof. Dr. Burcu Balkan
Learning Outcomes
1To understand the electrical properties of the membrane of excitable tissues
2To learn the properties of synaptic transmission
3To acquire information about neurotransmitter systems
4To acquire general information about functional organization of the nervous system
5To learn basics of sensory systems
6To learn basics of motor systems
7To understand the properties of autonomic nervous system
8To acquire information about the higher functions of nervous system
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Introduction to neuroscience, excitable tissues, membrane and action potential, synapse and neurotransmitter systems, excitable tissue: muscle, organisation of nervous system, sensory systems, motor systems, central regulation of visceral system, autonomic system, brain stem and reticular activating system, higher functions of the nervous system.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Cellular and molecular biology of the neuron and glia
2Synaptic transmission
3Classification and functional anatomy of nervous system
4Development of the nervous system
5Nervous system in homeostasis context: hypothalamus, limbic system and cerebral cortex
6Higher functions of the nervous system
7Behaviour: Basic mechanisms
8Mid-term exam
9Processing of sensory information in sensorial organs
10Somatic senses
11Pain and analgesia
12Vision I
13Vision II
14Hearing and balance
15Chemical senses: Smell and taste
16Final exam
Recommended or Required Reading
“Textbook of Medical Physiology” Guyton, A.C., Hall, J. E. 12th edition, Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010. “Ganong's Review of Medical Physiology” Barrett, K. E., Brooks, H., Boitano, S., Barman, S. M. 23rd Edition, McGraw-Hill Medical, 2009. “Principles of Neural Science” Kandel, E., Schwartz, J., Jessell, T. 5th edition, McGraw-Hill Medical, 2012.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
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Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination111
Final Examination111
Attending Lectures14228
Seminar224
Criticising Paper14342
Self Study14228
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11515
Individual Study for Final Examination12525
Reading14342
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)186
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