Course title: Advanced Neuroscience
Course number: RHS 323
Credit hours: 3
Course instructor: Dr. Ahmad Alghadir MS, PhD, PT
This course will provide the student with in-depth knowledge of neurophysiology and neuroanatomy. It will emphasis the correlative neurosciences to aid in understanding principles in evaluating the intact and dysfunctioning nervous system; and formulating foundations for therapeutic intervention. It will also focus on the analysis of the process and knowledge necessary for identifying the neuromuscular tissue or system representing the origin of disorders in patients. Signs and symptoms from history and physical examination will be the focus with appropriate testing necessary to confirm hypotheses regarding neuromuscular pathology. The intent is for student to be able to differentiate clusters of signs and symptoms, and to make appropriate clinical decisions.
By the end of this course, the student will be able to:
- Recognize the basic morphologic features of the nervous system.
- Recognize the basic features of the vascular and cerebrospinal fluid systems and their potential involvement in neuropathology.
- Correlate neurophysiologic mechanisms with nervous system pathways and areas of central nervous system integration.
- Discuss strategies for localization of function and dysfunction in the nervous system.
- Analyze and integrate into patient care situations the organization of the central and peripheral nervous system, and the anatomical bases for improvements of movement and sensation.
- Correlate pertinent neurophysiology and neuroanatomy in the clinical approach to evaluation and treatment of individuals with nervous system dysfunctions.
- Identify pathological states that interfere with neuromuscular control and apply these principles to patient examination and treatment planning.
Week 1 Nervous system components and levels.
Week 2 Nervous system organization.
Week 3 Action potentials vs. local potentials.
Week 4 Synaptic plasticity.
Week 5 First midterm exam.
Week 6 Cerebrospinal fluid system.
Week 7 Arterial blood supply.
Week 8 Major cerebral cortical areas.
Week 9 Cranial nerves.
Week 10 Second midterm exam.
Week 11 Cerebral syndromes.
Week 12 Ascending and descending systems.
Week 13 Construct and rules in clinical decision making.
Week 14 Clinical case studies.
Week 15 Clinical case studies.
Week 16 Final exam.
- Electronic lectures.
- Clinical case studies.
- Presentation: 5%
- Assignments: 10%
- Attendance: 10%
- First midterm exam: 25%
- Second midterm exam: 25%
- Final exam: 25%
- Electronic handouts.
- Circulated updated articles.
- Advanced Neuroscience.
- Analysis of Neuromuscular Signs and Symptoms in Clinical Decision Making.
- Medical Neurosciences: an Approach to Anatomy, Pathology, and Physiology by Systems and Levels.
- Neuroanatomy: an Atlas of Structures, Sections, and Systems.
- Basic Clinical Neuroanatomy.
- The Neural Basis of Motor Control.
- Principles of Neural Science.