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Course title:                       Neural Basis of Sensory/Motor Control

 

Course number:               TECH 438

 

Credit hours:                     2

 

Course instructor:           Dr. Ahmad Alghadir MS, PhD, PT

 

Course description:

 

            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.

 

Course objectives:

 

            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.

 

Course outline:

 

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.

 

Teaching methods:

 

  • Electronic lectures.
  • Discussion.
  • Demonstration.

 

Grading:

 

  • Attendance: 10%
  • Assignments: 15%
  • First midterm exam: 25%
  • Second midterm exam: 25%
  • Final exam: 25%

 

References:

 

  • 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.
 

 TECH 438

 
  
  
  
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