Reviews for course code NEURO (Neuroscience)

NEURO 375/ANAT 401: Human Neuroanatomy (2015)

Difficulty: 5/5

Textbook: Not necessary

Professor: Dr. Webber

Review: The class is extremely information dense but highly rewarding. This is a class to take if you want to learn neuroscience in the truest term. It involves a significant amount of information on pathways for different types of sensory information within the body, such as touch, heat, pain, hearing, vision, etc. The course is not easy, but is at the level that a neuroscience course should be. If you slack on the work, you will do poorly. I kept up on my work regularly and received an A+.

NEURO 375/ANAT 401: Human Neuroanatomy (2019)

Difficulty: 5/5

Coursework: 1 Midterm (40%) and Final (60%)

Textbook: Not necessary

Professor: Dr. Christine Webber

Review: This course covers several topics regarding the entire nervous system. Heavy emphasis was made on particular functional systems such as the cranial nerves, limbic system, basal ganglia, cerebellum, and more. Dr. Webber is an extremely knowledgeable and enjoyable professor. While the class is very intensive and dense, Webber teaches the course with contagious enthusiasm and joy for the content. The content is intensive, so it can be very easy to fall behind without consistent review of lectures. Her lecture slides can be very busy and hard to sort through independently, so attendance is key. She often shares stories related to the content to help solidify learning the material, but she makes it clear what will be required to know for the exams. Webber is overall a great professor who is genuinely interested in seeing her students succeed and will ensure that she addresses any questions to her best ability.

NEURO 450 – Readings in Selected Topics in Neuroscience (2016)

Difficulty: 3.5/5

Coursework: 2 essays (25% each) final presentation/oral examination (25%), mark for one-on-one discussions (supervisor assigned).

Instructor: You select your supervisor

Review: This course is valuable in that it teaches you to think critically of the work within an entire field, and link the studies together to understand how the field evolves. The two essays are 10 pages each (make sure you double check with the coordinator if this is to be single or double spaced). The final presentation is good practice for presenting and will help with your honors project, as I found the format similar. The course is likely different depending on who your supervisor is. For mine, as long as I had read the papers and was thinking critically about them by trying to link concepts between them, it went well. Overall, it’s a decent amount of work, but good experience.

Neuro 496: Computational Neuroscience (2017)

Difficulty: 4/5

Course work: 15% participation, 10% assessment letter, 2x(25% oral presentation and software), 25% final oral exam

Instructor: Dr. Kelvin Jones

Review: Kelvin is an extremely fun and kind professor–and one of the few who will introduce himself by his first name. He has overhauled a multi-lecturer course and taken it on himself to try and teach neuroscience students the code they will need to succeed. Importantly, he tailors what he teaches to the classes needs–he can do this because the class is so small. However, prepare to work hard and often. The workload in this course is being fine-tuned by Kelvin, but this made me sweat. I have spent over 20 hours working on coding three quarters of one of the oral presentation software projects. On top of this, Kelvin expects you to read the textbook, perform challenges he posts after every class, complete textbook exercises, and complete projects assigned in the textbook–this is an astronomical amount of work, especially for a thesis student. However, I will finish this course more capable than I would have ever been had I not taken it. Should you take this, you will be far ahead of the curve in terms of abilities. This said, I am unsure of how Kelvin marks, as not many have been posted yet, but the air of the course is that he is not there to punish you.