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PY 4302

Course Co-ordinator: Dr A M Rajnicek

Pre-requisite(s): BM 3006

This course considers development of the nervous system in a broad context. Topics include the initial establishment of the nervous system in an embryo, the birth and migration of nerve cells, nerve growth and guidance mechanisms, synapse formation, and development of the eye, including how it is "wired" to the brain. Discussion of nervous system plasticity encompasses stem cells and regeneration following injury or disease (e.g., spinal cord injury, stroke).

14 lectures plus student-led presentations. Performance is assessed by an independent written summary of a group presentation topic, an essay, and a 2-hour written exam.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination paper (70%) and in-course assessment - group work (15%) and essay (15%).