Simulation Software: Electrophysiology of the Neuron
This is a requirement for the course! You must install this simulation software on a computer that you can access reliably.
This is a neural simulation software package we developed that very realistically simulates what experiments in cellular neurobiology are like. We will be making extensive use of this sofware in class, and you will use it for the majority of homework assignments. It is therefore necessary that all students have access to a computer running this software.
Interactive Resources: D2L, Facebook, Twitter
Almost all of the content for this class will be posted and updated on this website. However, certain things are better handled elsewhere.
- Most important, and required for all students: The class will use Canvas for activities that require secure information: taking quizzes, posting grades, and submitting assignments.
- Email is always the trusted workhorse for communication. You can always reach me by email, and I answer my email.
- I also have created a Facebook page for the class. Use of the class facebook page is not required or necessary if you don't want to use it. In past courses, though, many students found this a very convenient way to stay in touch with other students about the class, answer questions, ask questions, and share useful information. By creating a FaceBook page, rather than a group, it allows us to interact on facebook without everyone in the class friending each other, or me.
- Finally, Twitter has sometimes proven useful in past courses for quick updates about the class, impromptu study sessions, quick answers to common questions, etc. This also is completely optional. Use the hashtag #biol3833 to keep course relevant communications accessible to others in the class.
Advice From Last Year's Students
- Last year, I asked the students after the first exam to give their perspectives on how to get the most out of this class (and how to get the best grades). This is what they had to say.