Table 3.

Examples of course goals and specific learning objectives in the neurophysiology course

Course Goals – Content Orientated
1) Predict and explain how the flow of ions across the nerve cell membrane can produce and influence the signals used in the nervous system to communicate information (both within and between neurons).
2) Predict and explain how information in the nervous system is converted from one type of signal/information to another, and how the properties of neurons can influence this process.
3) Predict and explain how the properties of individual neurons, and the types and patterns of connections between neurons, can influence activity in the nervous system, can influence behaviors (as demonstrated through basic types of movement), and can be adjusted, adapted, or altered to suit the changing needs of an organism.
Course Goals – Skill Orientated
1) Be able to hypothesize and state the connections between concepts in nervous system function, instead of simply memorizing facts, as a way for you as a student to better understand nervous system function.
2) Be able to interpret and evaluate scientific data collected with techniques commonly used in neurophysiology to better understand concepts of nervous system function.
3) Improve problem solving skills to help in understanding concepts and predicting aspects of nervous system function.
Examples of Specific Learning Objectives
1) Predict the neural signal you would expect to see in the four functional regions of the three types of neurons for a novel scenario.
2) Calculate the net driving force or the equilibrium potential for an ion, or the resting membrane potential of a cell.
3) Given a change in a parameter that influences net driving force, equilibrium potential, or resting membrane potential, predict how this would influence net driving force, equilibrium potential, resting membrane potential, or current across the membrane.