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Fundamentals of Neuroscience Part 1: Electrical Properties of the Neuron

Harvard University via edX

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  • Provider edX
  • Subject Biology
  • $ Cost Free Online Course
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Start Date
  • Duration 52 weeks long

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Overview

Fundamentals of Neuroscience is a three part course that explores the structure and function of the nervous system -- from the microscopic inner workings of a single nerve cell, to the staggering complexity of the brain, and beyond to the social interactions and societal dynamics that our brains make possible.

In this first module we’ll look at how individual neurons use electricity to transmit information.  We’ll invite you to build up a neuron, piece by piece, using interactive simulations, and we’ll take you on field trips in and around Harvard and Boston, bring you into the lab, and show you how to conduct DIY neuroscience experiments on your own.

Lessons will include video content, interactive content, forum spaces associated with the lessons, and in Lessons 3, labs and lab content.

You can move around within the lessons at your own pace. The only 'graded' part of the course is your final exam. You don't have to get everything correct to 'complete' lessons, you just have to engage with the content! 

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Syllabus

  • Lesson 1: The Resting Potential
  • Lesson 2: Passive Membrane Properties
  • Lesson 3: Action Potentials
  • Lesson 4: Action Potential Propagation
  • DIY Labs

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David Cox

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Bob B
2.0 4 years ago
Bob partially completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Material & topic seemed interesting. Kind of silly way of presenting it, in my opinion, but quality of the videos was frankly good. Instructor tried to be funny too hard. I dropped; too much posh design & annoying music as background distraction for me in a neuroscience course. I know some other peers were thirlled by the course. Not me; I guess is one of those you have to try by yourself to see where you stand.
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