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BS3341 Undergraduate Advanced Experimental Biology (UAEB) Workshop (Series I) – Handling Stress and Resilience

Course Coordinator: Assistant Professor Rupshi MITRA (email: RMitra@ntu.edu.sg )

Academic Unit: 3 AU

Availability: Semester 2 (the week after Semester 2 examination period)

Pre-requisite: None *Preferably for students who will be registering or have completed ‘BS3019 Neuropsychology of Stress and Resilience’.

Course Type: BS-Major-PE

Language of Instruction: English

Teaching hours: Practicals 39 hrs; Lectures: 26 hrs

Learning Objective:
In this course students will get first-hand experience on analyzing brain substrates for stress and resilience. They will learn the basic techniques and use their practical knowledge to study brains from different population of rodents.

Content:
  1. Brain structure and function; emphasis on rodent brain (animal model).
  2. Neuronal morphology
  3. Stress and resilience:  Differential neuronal outcome
  4. Stress disorders, Resilient lives…Understanding behavior
  5. Scientific analysis: Data analysis, graphical presentation.
Learning Outcome:
  • Students will know some of the core techniques of brain biology, including processing of brain tissue and analysis of neuronal changes.
  • Students will learn how daily behavior can be analyzed to collect meaningful neurobiological parameters
  • Students will be able to understand how behavior and brain may co-relate to bring out a certain state of stress or resilience
  • Students will be encouraged to present data in graphical form and to review relevant scientific literature.

Student Assessment:

Class participation   25%
Short scientific presentation      50%
Short assignment 25%
Total     100%