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ECEN 5811 - Neural Signals and Functional Brain Imaging

Catalog Data ECEN 5811 (3). Neural Signals and Functional Brain Imaging. Explores bioelectric and metabolic signals generated by the nervous system from two standpoints: Their biophysical genesis and role in neural integration, and neurotechnologies such as electroencephalography, magnetoencephalography, deep brain stimulation, and functional magnetic resonance imaging.
(Meets with ECEN 4811, ASEN 4216, and ASEN 5216.)
Credits and Design 3 credit hours. Elective course.
Prerequisite(s) ECEN 2260, Circuits as Systems, ECEN 3030, or ASEN 3300
Textbook Instructor Notes
Course Objectives To introduce students with primarily engineering or physical science backgrounds to brain science concepts--particularly at the individual nerve cell operational level.
Topics Covered
  1. The reasons for studying neuroelectrical signals.
  2. The cellular basis of neural activity.
  3. Cell membrane structure and electrochemistry.
  4. Ionic equilibria across membranes.
  5. Resting and action potentials.
  6. Control of ionic permeability.
  7. Propagation of neural impulses.
  8. Synaptic transmission.
  9. Release of neuro-transmitters.
  10. Sensory transduction.
  11. Active transport in neurons.
  12. Glia and homeostatic control of neuronal activity.

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