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ECEN 4821 - Neural Systems and Physiological Control


Catalog Data ECEN 4821 (3). Neural Systems and Physiological Control. A biophysical exploration of human physiology from the standpoints of control systems and neural information processing. Topics include neural control of movement and cardiovascular performance, tissue growth and repair, carcinogenesis, and physiological responses to microgravity.
(Meets with ECEN 5821, ASEN 4426, and ASEN 5426.)
Credits and Design 3 credit hours. Elective course.
Prerequisite(s) ECEN 2260, Circuits as Systems, ECEN 3030, or ASEN 3300
Textbook Guyton and Hall, Textbook of Medical Physiology, Elsevier, 10th Ed.
  
Course Objectives To familiarize engineering or physical science oriented students with principles of brain organization from the viewpoint of interneuronal organization.
Topics Covered
  1. Synaptic modulation of neuronal firing patterns.
  2. Organization and distribution of dendrites.
  3. Cable analysis of dendritic trees.
  4. Pattern generation in small neural networks.
  5. Computer simulation of neural nets.
  6. Organization of sensory organs.
  7. Visual information processing.
  8. Auditory information processing.
  9. Motor patterns generated by identifiable neurons.
  10. Command neuron concept.
  11. Neural control systems.

Last revised: 08-02-11, PM, ARP.