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NOTE: This is an expanded course description syllabus and information is approximate and based on previous offerings.

The University of Vermont College of Nursing & Health Sciences - Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Cognitive Neuroscience - CSD 281
Summer 20XX On-Line
Michael S. Cannizzaro, Ph.D., CCC-SLP 401 Pomeroy Hall 656-9725 phone Michael.Cannizzaro@uvm.edu Course Dates: XXX – XXX Classroom: Black Board / Internet Office hours: By Email or Pronto Chat

Pronto Contact/Office Hours/Review I will be available on Pronto Chat (available on the Black board course site) between XXX-XXXpm on XX & XX evenings. This time can be used to answer questions, for review, or for advising. Additional Pronto hours may be available upon request. Click on the Pronto Chat link on the left navigation menu in the Black board site for this course for more details on setting up and using this product for IM communication. REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: SOMETHING SIMILAR TO Bhatnagar, S.C. (2007). Neuroscience for the study of communicative disorders. Third edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. ISBN: 0781789907 SUPLIMNETAL READINGS & MATERIALS: Supplemental readings and materials may be assigned throughout the semester and will be made available electronically by your instructor. EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the underlying anatomy, physiology and functional architecture of the human central nervous system, with an emphasis on the neural substrates related to perceptual, cognitive and communicative processes (e.g., perception, hearing, vision, receptive/expressive language, attention, memory, executive functions). (ASHA Std. III-A, III-B and III-C) Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of neurologically based sensory and motor aspects of speech and swallowing (e.g., respiration, phonation, resonance, articulation, and deglutition).
(ASHA Stds. III-B and III-C)

Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the methods and techniques used in the scientific study of cognitive neuroscience. (ASHA Stds. III-F) ASHA STANDARDS: American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Knowledge and Skills Acquisitions (KASA) for certification in Speech-Language Pathology that are addressed: Standard III-A. Knowledge of the principles of biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and social/behavioral sciences. Standard III-B. Knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic cultural bases. Standard III-C. Knowledge of the nature of speech, language, hearing and communication disorders and differences in swallowing. Standard III-F. Knowledge of processes used in research. CSD 281 MSC 20XX On-Line Course in Cognitive Neuroscience Syllabus Page 1 of 5

Cognitive Neuroscience - CSD 281 Summer 20XX On-Line
Note: All information on this syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Time, of course, continues to be relative.





Topics Overview of course Introduction to neuroscience Gross CNS anatomy Internal CNS anatomy Cerebrospinal fluid / pathology


Lectures, Text Readings & Assignments Chapters 1, 2, 3 & 18


Lab Block # 1 due TBD TRQ Block # 1 due TBD

1 2


Vascular system & pathology Neuron physiology Diencephalon Somatosensory system

F-Sun Chapter 17, 5, 6 & 7 M -F Lab Block # 2 due TBD TRQ Block # 2 due TBD



Visual system & Auditory system Motor system - spinal cord, cerebellum, brain stem, basal ganglia, motor cortex

F-Sun Chapter 8, 9 & 11 – 14 M-F Lab Block # 5 due TBD TRQ Block # 5 due TBD



3 4 4


Cranial Nerves & Testing Cortex & Higher mental functions / dysfunction Neuroscience techniques

F-Sun Chapters 15, 19 & 20 M-F F-Sat Lab Block # 6 due TBD TRQ Block # 6 due TBD


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Cognitive Neuroscience - CSD 281 Summer 20XX On-Line

Course grades will be based on the total points accumulated from 4 exams (50 points each = 200). Additional points are available by completing the 4 Textbook Review Question Blocks (10 points each = 40) and completing the 4 on-line lab assignment blocks (10 points each = 40). Grades will be assigned on the basis of the following percentage scores out of a possible total of 280 pts (i.e., earned points/total points x 100=%): Final course letter grades translate from the course work percentage table below A+ 98.0% - 100%, B+ 87.0% - 89.9%, C+ 77.0% - 79.9%, D+ 67.0% - 69.9%, F below 59.9% A 94.0% - 97.9%, B 84.0% - 86.9%, C 74.0% - 76.9%, D 64.0% - 66.9%, A- 90.0% - 93.9% B- 80.0% - 83.9% C- 70.0% - 73.9% D60.0% - 63.9%

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 1. On-Line Lab Assignments: Throughout the course you will complete exercises from the Digital Neuroanatomist Website as part of your participation in the course. These visual exercises are intended to compliment the lecture material and the information from the assigned textbook chapters. These assignments are to be completed by midnight on the specific dates according to the course schedule (Lab Assignment # x on the syllabus). Each assigned sections is worth 10 points. Note: The detailed assignments for each block can be found within Each Weekly Course Material Folder on the Blackboard Site for this course. http://www9.biostr.washington.edu/da.html 2. Textbook Review Questions: Review questions will be assigned at the end of each chapter of the course textbook. Answers to these questions should be turned in by midnight on the dates listed on the syllabus (TRQ Block # x on the syllabus). Each of the assigned sections is worth 10 points. Note: The detailed assignments for each block can be found within Each Weekly Course Material Folder on the Blackboard Site for this course. Examinations: There will be 4 exams that will cover reading, lecture and all course material. These exams will be opened at the beginning of the day on a Friday and close on midnight the following Sunday. Exams will be timed and you will have approximately 2 hours to complete all of the test content. The format of these exams will be true/false, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, labeling diagrams, short answers and anything else I can think of. Due to the nature of the material, all exams should be considered cumulative in content. Each exam is worth 75 points towards your final grade.


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Cognitive Neuroscience - CSD 281 Summer 20XX On-Line Code of Academic Integrity
Policy Statement All academic work (e.g., homework assignments, written and oral reports, creative projects, performances, inclass and take-home exams, extra-credit projects, research, theses and dissertations) must satisfy the following four standards of academic integrity: 1. All ideas, arguments, and phrases, submitted without attribution to other sources, must be the creative product of the student. Thus, all text passages taken from the works of other authors must be properly cited. The same applies to paraphrased text, opinions, data, examples, illustrations, and all other creative work. Violations of this standard constitute plagiarism. 2. All experimental data, observations, interviews, statistical surveys, and other information collected and reported as part of academic work must be authentic. Any alteration, e.g., the removal of statistical outliers, must be clearly documented. Violations of this standard constitute fabrication. 3. Students may only collaborate within the limits prescribed by their instructors. Students may not complete any portion of an assignment, report, project, experiment or exam for another student. Students may not provide information about an exam (or portions of an exam) to another student without the authorization of the instructor. Violations of this standard constitute collusion. 4. Students must adhere to the guidelines provided by their instructors for completing coursework. For example, students must only use materials approved by their instructor when completing an assignment or exam. Students may not present the same (or substantially the same) work for more than one course without obtaining approval from the instructor of each course. Violations of this standard constitute cheating. Reason for the Policy The University should provide an environment that encourages all students (undergraduate, medical, graduate and continuing education) to learn, create, and share knowledge in a responsible manner. Standards of academic integrity are necessary for evaluating the quality of student work in a fair manner. Definitions Academic dishonesty: failure to abide by the four standards of academic integrity stated in this Code. University Integrity Council: a group of faculty and students who serve the University as adjudicators of violations of academic integrity. NOTE: The above items were taken from The Center for Student Ethics and Standards web site. It is your obligation to review the complete information regarding academic honesty provided by university’s Center for Student Ethics and Standards. A full description of policies and procedures regarding academic integrity can be found at their web site http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/acadintegrity.pdf.

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Cognitive Neuroscience - CSD 281 Summer 20XX On-Line
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Students requiring accommodations for completing assignments and/or gaining the most they can from the coursework should speak with the course instructor no later than the second week of classes. It is the responsibility of all students seeking disability accommodations to self-identify by contacting the appropriate Certifying Office and supplying adequate and comprehensive documentation of the disability. Students are encouraged to self-identify as early as possible. Accommodations cannot be made retroactively RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Students should submit in writing to the instructors by the end of the second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Students who miss class work for the purpose of religious observance should make arrangements with the course instructor to make up any work that they might miss.

“This Department seeks to enhance its ability to contribute to the University's emphasis on health-related endeavors with a focus on normal and disordered communication. Equally, it seeks to enhance its contribution to the education and personal wellbeing of Vermont citizens and the larger society. As a department, we are dedicated to providing undergraduate students with ever increasing opportunities to learn about normal communication, diverse career opportunities, and habits of mind that can evolve from a liberal arts education.”

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