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Fundamentals of Neuroscience, Part 1: The 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
  • Certificate $99 Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-5 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 5 weeks long

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Overview

Fundamentals of Neuroscience is a three-course series that explores the structure and function of the nervous system—from the inner workings of a single nerve cell to the staggering complexity of the brain and the social interactions they enable.

In this first course, you'll learn how individual neurons use electricity to transmit information. You'll build a neuron, piece by piece, using interactive simulations, then travel around Harvard's campus, where you'll see the inner workings of a lab and learn how to conduct DIY neuroscience experiments on your own.

Join us as we study the electrical properties in individual neurons, building a foundation for understanding the function of the entire nervous system.

Syllabus

  • Lesson 1: The Resting Potential
  • Lesson 2: Passive Membrane Properties
  • Lesson 3: Action Potentials
  • Lesson 4: Action Potential Propagation
  • Lesson 5: DIY Labs

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David Cox

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Bob B
2.0 5 years ago
Bob 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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Daniel R
5.0 a week ago
Daniel completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
I started this course with no prior knowledge in physics, biochemistry or bioelectricity, so the mathematics in this course was difficult to comprehend. But maths aside, this course was very informative, i have learnt so much in this course in the functions of a neuron, and it refreshed my knowledge of science. This course will greatly help me with my passion in mental health and understanding the workings of the brain when affected by substances and damage. I will continue this course right through part 2 and part 3.
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