Course title: Neural Basis of Sensory/Motor Control
Course number: TECH 438
Credit hours: 2
Course instructor: Dr. Ahmad Alghadir MS, PhD, PT
This course will provide the student with in-depth knowledge of sensory/motor integration. It will discuss theories of nervous system organization as they pertain to sensory/motor behavior. It will emphasis synaptic transmission and synaptic plasticity as a basis for the development and maturation of the nervous system, neural basis of somatosensation, nervous system control of posture and movement, and proposed mechanisms for sensory/motor interaction.
By the end of this course, the student will be able to:
- Recognize the basic morphologic features of the nervous system.
- Discuss theories of nervous system organization.
- Describe synaptic function.
- Discuss current concepts of plasticity of the nervous system.
- Recognize active touch, kinesthesia, and proprioception.
- Classify different types of movement.
- Discuss sensory/motor interaction in postural control, locomotion, and reaching/grasping.
- Recognize organization of integrative centers for movement control.
- Correlate neurophysiologic mechanisms with nervous system pathways and areas of central nervous system integration.
- Recognize common clinical and research investigative methods in the neurosciences.
- Relate concepts of somatosensory and neuromuscular function to clinical neurological problems.
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 Low-threshold tactile mechanoreceptors.
Week 7 Surrounding inhibition and somatosensory plasticity.
Week 8 Proprioception.
Week 9 The pain experience.
Week 10 Second midterm exam.
Week 11 Motor control.
Week 12 Postural control.
Week 13 Locomotion and reaching/grasping.
Week 14 Motor codes.
Week 15 Revision and open discussion.
Week 16 Final exam.
- Electronic lectures.
- Attendance: 10%
- Assignments: 15%
- 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.