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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Medical Neuroscience by Duke University

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About the Course

Medical Neuroscience explores the functional organization and neurophysiology of the human central nervous system, while providing a neurobiological framework for understanding human behavior. In this course, you will discover the organization of the neural systems in the brain and spinal cord that mediate sensation, motivate bodily action, and integrate sensorimotor signals with memory, emotion and related faculties of cognition. The overall goal of this course is to provide the foundation for understanding the impairments of sensation, action and cognition that accompany injury, disease or dysfunction in the central nervous system. The course will build upon knowledge acquired through prior studies of cell and molecular biology, general physiology and human anatomy, as we focus primarily on the central nervous system. This online course is designed to include all of the core concepts in neurophysiology and clinical neuroanatomy that would be presented in most first-year neuroscience courses in schools of medicine. However, there are some topics (e.g., biological psychiatry) and several learning experiences (e.g., hands-on brain dissection) that we provide in the corresponding course offered in the Duke University School of Medicine on campus that we are not attempting to reproduce in Medical Neuroscience online. Nevertheless, our aim is to faithfully present in scope and rigor a medical school caliber course experience. This course comprises six units of content organized into 12 weeks, with an additional week for a comprehensive final exam: - Unit 1 Neuroanatomy (weeks 1-2). This unit covers the surface anatomy of the human brain, its internal structure, and the overall organization of sensory and motor systems in the brainstem and spinal cord. - Unit 2 Neural signaling (weeks 3-4). This unit addresses the fundamental mechanisms of neuronal excitability, signal generation and propagation, synaptic transmission, post synaptic mechanisms of signal integration, and neural plasticity. - Unit 3 Sensory systems (weeks 5-7). Here, you will learn the overall organization and function of the sensory systems that contribute to our sense of self relative to the world around us: somatic sensory systems, proprioception, vision, audition, and balance senses. - Unit 4 Motor systems (weeks 8-9). In this unit, we will examine the organization and function of the brain and spinal mechanisms that govern bodily movement. - Unit 5 Brain Development (week 10). Next, we turn our attention to the neurobiological mechanisms for building the nervous system in embryonic development and in early postnatal life; we will also consider how the brain changes across the lifespan. - Unit 6 Cognition (weeks 11-12). The course concludes with a survey of the association systems of the cerebral hemispheres, with an emphasis on cortical networks that integrate perception, memory and emotion in organizing behavior and planning for the future; we will also consider brain systems for maintaining homeostasis and regulating brain state....

Top reviews

KT

Nov 22, 2018

I leant so much without even realising it until I got to the final exams and all this knowledge was making sense. Amazing lecturer with so much wisdom in the area. The course is very well delivered.

KR

Dec 22, 2016

I have not really taken any Neuroscience courses and I have to say this was very challenging with my already full-time load at school but I did it! Yay! I love Dr. White he is an awesome professor!

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By Nathan L

Aug 12, 2018

Incredibly informative with the ability to work at your own pace. Great instructor and helpful additional web resources.

By Mark M

Sep 23, 2016

Very challenging but quite informative. Time intensive. You do need to focus all your mental faculties to take it all in.

By Jaspreet K

Aug 31, 2020

This course's appreciation is beyond words. I think it is the best course I have ever accomplished in my education yet!

By 郑驰垠

Mar 08, 2019

my first course finished on Coursera.really a course with abundant material especially those clear systematic images.

By Priscila F S

Sep 07, 2020

very didactic course, I thank the professor White too much for all the knowledge provided. Everything was incredible!

By Austin S

Mar 26, 2017

Great course. Very educational. I wish there were other free online medical-level courses of this quality available.

By dave

May 31, 2017

Absolutely Fantastic. It helped me immensely during my exam preparation. Thanks very much. The teaching was superb.

By Ritika S

Jun 01, 2020

What a brilliant course! It was definitely exacting, but I'm glad I got through with Dr. White's amazing pedagogy.

By Obada S

May 23, 2020

Great course and great instructor, Dr. White! One of the most fascinating learning experiences that I've ever had.

By Ivan M M

Nov 15, 2017

Amazing from the very beginning to the last day, Thanks Dr Leonard White for taking us to this incredible journey

By José J G N

Sep 06, 2016

Hasta el momento ( estoy desarrollando la segunda semana), me parece un curso fantástico y un profesor excelente.

By Muhammad H

Nov 05, 2017

Really rigid structure. Challenging, yet fun! Prof. White and team really put the effort in making this course.

By KEVIN R P

Jun 06, 2016

Best course ever! it's worth the work for everything you gain, particularily those in all areas of health care..

By Magdalena

Sep 29, 2020

I have learned a lot! Mr. White is an amazing teacher and I am looking for next courses under his supervision.

By Anna

Aug 04, 2020

AMAZING! it was the happiest time in my educational life! It was not easy, but it was a wonderful jorney!!!!

By Cia v W

May 13, 2020

Great course; excellent content; great teacher. Lots of repetition and enough time to digest new concepts.

By Maria P

Jul 25, 2020

one of the best courses on the neuroscince! Thanks a lot, that was extremelly infomative and fascinating!

By Adam M

Nov 04, 2017

This course was amazing. Dr White clearly has a passion for neuroscience and teaching. Highly recommend.

By Matthias S

Jun 12, 2017

True to his word, this is a very extensive course on medical neuroscience. Very well brought and thaught!

By Katherine S

Sep 29, 2020

very recommended! highly useful to review all the anatomic and physiopatological key points on this area

By Maria G

Sep 07, 2020

A great opportunity to refresh your knowledge on Neuroanatomy, Neuronal signaling and relative pathways.

By Shikhar G

Jul 16, 2019

Amazing course to learn sth new and exciting...... with great teachers and resource guidance..........

By Avery B

Feb 26, 2018

This class was hands-down incredible. Probably even life-changing. I couldn't recommend it more highly!

By Reynold S

Jul 10, 2016

The brain is really interesting to learn. And this course is one step you should take to understand it

By Samuel L R

Jun 16, 2020

Es bastante bueno y completo. No obstante, es también demasiado largo, recomendable en cualquier caso