Course Descriptions NESC 5070   Chemical Neurobiology
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Please see course description for MNSC 5070.03 in the Medical Neuroscience section of this calendar.
CROSS-LISTING: NESC 4070.03, PHYL 5494.03

NESC 5603   Neuropharmacology of Pain
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CROSS-LISTING: PHAC 5603.03

NESC 5605   Role of the Brain’s Immune/ Inflammatory System in Disease
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CROSS-LISTING: PHAC 5605.03

NESC 5619   The Autonomic Nervous System and its Pharmacology
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CROSS-LISTING: PHAC 5619.03

NESC 6071   Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This seminar course covers contemporary, fundamental topics in physiological psychology, including methods, research and/or theory. Various topics such as brain mechanisms of reinforcement, hormones and behaviour, and biological rhythms, will be covered in different years.
FORMAT: Seminar
PREREQUISITES: PSYO or NESC graduate student
CROSS-LISTING: PSYO 6071.03

NESC 6101   Principles of Neuroscience: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Neuroscience 6101.03 and 6102.03 are Neuroscience 6100X/Y.06 divided into terms A and B for suitable incorporation into non-Neuroscience programs. NESC 6101 will focus on cellular and molecular neurobiology and will cover topics such as membrane potentials, synaptic transmission, second messengers, trophic factors, cell differentiation and neurodegeneration. Evaluation will be based on quizzes, several oral presentations prepared throughout the year, and grant proposals.

NESC 6102   Principles of Neuroscience: Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Neuroscience 6101.03 and 6102.03 are Neuroscience 6100X/Y.06 divided into terms A and B for suitable incorporation into non-Neuroscience programs. NESC 6102 will focus on systems and behavioural neurobiology and will cover topics such as visual and somatosensory systems, motor program generation, autonomic and neuroendocrine functions, motivation, learning, circadian rhythms and sleep/wake cycles and cognitive neuroscience. Evaluation will be based on quizzes, several oral presentations prepared throughout the year, and grant proposals.

NESC 6670   Behavioural (Neuro)epigenetics
CREDIT HOURS: 3
In this seminar course we discuss primary scientific literature on significant advances in (epi)genetic, cellular and behavioural approaches in molecular and systems neuroscience to examine social, emotional and cognitive abilities and further understand the roles of molecular and cellular pathways and environmental factors that underlie the neuropathology of neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Huntington's), learning and attention disabilities (e.g., Autism, ADHD), addiction (e.g., alcoholism, drug abuse) and major psychosis (bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depression). The role of genetic and epigenetic mechanisms as well as methods used to study gene-environment interactions are examined.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3

PSYO 5000   Research Assignment
CREDIT HOURS: 6
Students become actively involved in ongoing research in the laboratory of a faculty supervisor. In addition to research training, this course aims to improve the student’s oral presentations and scientific writing. A final report (e.g. in the form of a Journal article) is required.
NOTES: Credit can be given for this course only when the committee agrees the student has completed the requirements -- students must register in this course until final grade is provided.
FORMAT COMMENTS: Student are expected to register in this course each term, receiving a grade of IP until all course requirements are completed.

PSYO 5001   Independent Study
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Students work closely with a faculty supervisor on a topic of mutual interest. Study may focus on laboratory research or library research and empirical, methodological, theoretical and/or professional issues may be covered. A final report is required.
NOTE: Course Details listed here also apply to PSYO 5002.

PSYO 5002   Independent Study
CREDIT HOURS: 3
See PSYO 5001.

PSYO 5003   Directed Reading/Independent Study PhD1
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Students work closely with a faculty supervisor on a topic of mutual interest. Study may focus on laboratory research or library research and empirical, methodological, theoretical and/or professional issues may be covered. A final report is required.

PSYO 5004   Directed Reading/Independent Study PhD2
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Students work closely with a faculty supervisor on a topic of mutual interest. Study may focus on laboratory research or library research and empirical, methodological, theoretical and/or professional issues may be covered. A final report is required.

PSYO 6001   Fundamentals of Statistics and Experimental Design
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course will survey some common parametric statistical procedures in psychology, including analysis of variance and covariance. Major emphasis is placed on the general linear model and how best to apply the model as a function of the type of data, experimental design, and hypotheses under investigation. Some knowledge of basic statistics is assumed.

PSYO 6003   Multivariate Methods
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course will cover a variety of topics in multivariate statistics, such as factor analysis, regression, multivariate analysis of variance and covariance, and discriminant function analysis. Some topics in categorical data analysis may also be covered, such as multiway frequency analysis and logic models.

PSYO 6051   Neural Basis of Perception
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This seminar course explores the correlations between 1) stimulus properties and neural responses produced by sensory stimulation and 2) the neural coding of environmental events and the behaviours that may be produced in the context of these events. These correlations will be studied within the auditory, visual and tactile modalities.
FORMAT: Seminar

PSYO 6060   Biological Basis of Mental Illness
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This seminar course explores our current understanding of the physiological mechanisms that may underlie various forms of abnormal behaviour. Its subject matter includes disorders for which a physiological mechanism has been identified as well as those for which a physiological basis is currently a matter for speculation. This course is intended for graduate students with backgrounds in some aspects of neuroscience and clinical psychology.
FORMAT: Seminar

PSYO 6071   Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This seminar course covers contemporary, fundamental topics in physiological psychology, including methods, research and/or theory. Various topics such as brain mechanisms of reinforcement, hormones and behaviour, and biological rhythms, will be covered in different years.
FORMAT: Seminar
CROSS-LISTING: NESC 6071.03

PSYO 6081   Topics in Personality and Social Psychology
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Different topics in personality and social psychology (such as psychology of persons, attitude formation, group dynamics) are covered in a seminar format.
FORMAT: Seminar

PSYO 6091   Topics in Child Development
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Different topics in child development (such as language acquisition, social development, meta-cognitive processes) are covered in a seminar format.
FORMAT: Seminar
EXCLUSIONS: PSYO 4091