The Course begins with a study of 1) the introduction to the mammalian nervous system, emphasizing the structural and functional organization of the human brain. 2) to expose students to the field of Neuroscience and some of the neuroscientists at MIT, USA.

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Overview   

 

Neuroscience focuses on the nervous system, which has an impact on every part of the body and mind. … Neuroscientists study the cellular, functional, behavioral, evolutionary, computational, molecular, cellular, and medical aspects of the nervous system.

 

Who should study this course? (Neuroscience)

 

  • Everybody who wants to understand the human brain
  • Everybody who enjoys getting new perspectives on themselves.
  • People who want to understand the consequences of brain damage.
  • People who consider studying neuroscience or psychology.
  • Beginning neuroscience or psychology students.

 

BEFORE YOU START

 

Prerequisites

 

Strong undergraduate preparation for neuroscience includes at least one year of college-level coursework in one of the following disciplines: biology, physics, chemistry, calculus, or engineering

 

About the Course

This course provides an introduction to basic computational methods for understanding what nervous systems do and for determining how they function. We will explore the computational principles governing various aspects of vision, sensory-motor control, learning, and memory. Specific topics that will be covered include representation of information by spiking neurons, processing of information in neural networks, and algorithms for adaptation and learning. The course is primarily aimed at third- or fourth-year undergraduates and beginning graduate students, as well as professionals and distance learners interested in learning how the brain processes information.

 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

 

  • Learn some of the most mind-blowing lessons from neuroscience
  • Discover how your brain affects your personality and abilities
  • Understand how your brain generally works
  • Understand the consequences of brain damage
  • Discover what Neuroscience has to say about free will and consciousness

 

Program Benefits

·         Studying the nervous system advances understanding of our basic biology and body function. Knowing how things typically work can help shed light on what may happen when there are problems

·          It can help researchers find ways to prevent or treat problems that affect the brain, nervous system, and body

Job Outlook

 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for medical scientists, including neuroscientists, are projected to grow by 13% between 2012 and 2022, which is as fast as the national average for all occupations (www.bls.gov)

 

Real Career Impact

 

A Master’s degree in Neuroscience and Cognition offers you many career prospects. Graduates continue on to universities and research institutes, teaching hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industry. They may hold policy and management positions in the science, industry, and healthcare sectors.

 

Job Aspiration

 

Industrial Lab Researcher    Medical Lab Research Assistant   Medical Researcher

 

Biotechnology Assistant     Biomedical Engineer           Biomedical Technician

 

Biochemical Researcher              Genetic Engineering Research Assistant

 

Salary: $82,150 and up to  $136,680

 

Basic/Nano Degree Certificate

Individual Certificates for each course

 

 

                                     NEUROSCIENCE’S IMPACT ON EDUCATION

                                                                                                                    A Beginner’s Course

The Course begins with a study of 1) the introduction to the mammalian nervous system, emphasizing the structural and functional organization of the human brain. 2) to expose students to the field of Neuroscience and some of the neuroscientists at MIT, USA.

This is followed by a study of:

  •   The nerve cells and their structure.
  •    The propagation of nerve impulses and the transfer of information between nerve cells.
  •    The effect of drugs on this process
  •    The development of nerve cells into the brain and spinal cord
  •   Sensory systems such as olfaction, hearing, and vision
  •   How physical energy such as light is converted into neural signals?
  • Where these signals travel in the brain and how they are processed?
  •  Control of voluntary movement
  •   The neurochemical bases of brain diseases
  •   Systems that control motivation, emotion, learning, and memory

 

The recent focus of neuroscience on what facilitates life-long learning has led to breakthroughs in the world of education. Schools, teachers, and parents have the opportunity to approach and understand learning like never before. Research indicates that Neuroscience is a positive connection which can benefit the Education system in particular and Society as a whole.  Here are some ways by which the research of NEUROSCIENCE can change education.

  • BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT:

More in-depth incorporation of child development studies for Pre-School and Elementary School teachers can have a huge impact on later success.

What drives children to learn? And

How to overcome early disadvantages?

Information provided by Neuroscience can bridge the gap in understanding.

  • ADAPTING CLASSES TO FACILITATE LEARNING

Research has shown – as little as 30 minutes more sleep can vastly improve cognitive function and alertness in the class.

  • SPACING LEARNING FOR OPTIMAL ABSORPTION

Allowing students to choose from a diverse course guide and spacing lessons over time help immensely. The spacing effect basically enhances understanding and the creation of new neurons.

  • COGNITIVE TUTORING:

Use of cognitive tutoring is a  huge breakthrough in Mathematics. 20% of individuals have some form of mathematical learning disability. Improving the way Math is processed and understood is paramount for success.

  • TARGETING REWARDING LEARNING STYLES:

In “ The Social Neuroscience of Education” Louis Cozolino talks about things educators need to know about the brain. Students need repetition and varied approaches to get the most out of learning. Games, group activities, physical lessons, and unconscious learning can all have a place in the classroom.

 

  • INCORPORATION OF SOCIAL ACTIVITIES:

As discussed in  Greater Good Magazine’s March 2011 article – ‘More Friends, Bigger Brain’  humans are social beings. Incorporation of and focus on social activities and allowance for connections in the classroom can help enable living.

  • INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM:

Research of our brains and how we learn is continually providing possible technology enhancements for teachers. The options for learning apps and software to involve students, space learning properly and develop student’s brains, are growing every day.

  • INCREASING BRAIN CAPACITY THROUGH LEARNING:

In a December 2012 article, Dr. Mercola discusses the ‘use it or lose it’ policy of brain plasticity. The basic idea is that continued education will slow the rate of decline for our  Brains as we age. Continued learning, throughout life, helps a healthy community.

  • IMPROVED APPROACH WITH AUTISTIC STUDENTS:

Neuroscience is helping diagnose children with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome as early as 18 months old. Cambridge Neuroscience Department has developed an animated DVD to help young children learn about emotions. FAST FORWARD language product trial showed an up to 1.5-year advancement of speech in children who underwent the program.

  • OVERCOMING LEARNING DIFFICULTIES:

Neuroscience is helping in the field of Special Education. Different approaches will benefit a dyslexic child, ADHD

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