Bi/CNS 150: Introduction to Neuroscience

Ralph Adolphs and Henry Lester
Fall 2015

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General Information

This course is intended to provide a general introduction to the field of neurobiology and a foundation for other, more advanced courses in the field. The course (4-0-6) usually includes three lectures and one discussion section each week. A lecture schedule is provided herewith; the times and locations of the sections will be determined from information provided by a questionnaire distributed at the initial lecture. Lectures will be held in the 1st Floor Broad Center Lecture Hall.

Class Website

Students are responsible for looking at the website to see late-breaking news, such as information about problem sets, office hours, and sections. Lecture notes are posted there. Often lecture images will be posted before lectures.


The text for the course is Principles of Neural Science by Kandel, Schwartz, and Jessel, 5th edition (McGraw Hill).

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Grading Policies

There will be two examinations: a midterm, and a final. Midterm and final exams include material from lectures and assigned readings. Material discussed in discussion sections will be helpful on the exams. Both examinations are open book, open notes, and take home; but they do have time limits. No collaboration is allowed for exams. You may not consult any homework or exams from previous years.

Final grades will computed on the following basis:

In-class quizzes10%
Recitation section and problem sets30%
Midterm examination30%
Final examination30%

Grades for the recitation section and problem sets will be computed as follows:

Academic Conduct Guide

Course: Bi 150
Term: Fall 2015
Instructors: Ralph Adolphs, Henry Lester
Head TA: Jaron Colas

The sheet below outlines the specific course policies for problem sets and exams in Bi 150.If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

While working, you may consult:PSExam
Required texts
Recommended texts
Reference books (CRC, Merck Index, etc.)
Any other texts
Comments: There are no prerequisites for the course.

Internet usePSExam
You may use the internet.

As for notes, you may use:PSExam
Your class notes (taken in lecture)
Hand copies of the class notes of others
The class notes of others (original or Xeroxed)
Anything written in your own hand
Class handouts
TA/section handouts
Homework/exams of this year
Comments: You may not consult any homeworks or exams from previous years.

For computational aides, you may use:PSExam
Four function/scientific calculators
Graphing calculators
Symbolic manipulators
Mathematical reference tables (integrals, Laplace transforms, etc.)

The following types of collaboration are allowed:PSExam
Basic discussion of the problems
Look at communal materials while writing up solutions
Look at other’s non-communal work (i.e. writeups)
Turn in a set with more than one name on it
Comments: No collaboration on exams. Homework must be written by you and not copied from someone else.