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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6735
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2004-03-18
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2003-10-24
  2. Department: Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 6113 -000-20
  5. Contact Person: Javier Cuevas, Ph.D.
  6. Phone: 9744678
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6735
  10. Full Title: Neuropharmacology
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Neuropharmacology
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course will familiarize students with information on the biochemical basis of neural regulatory systems in the brain and the application of the latest approaches to the study of neurotransmitters and drug action in the nervous system.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: No course covering this material is currently being offered in the University. This area has become a major research focus of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics and our University, and thus students need didactic training in the field.
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course will be required for the graduate program in Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Other programs that will likely participate include the Neuroscience Concentration, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology and Psychology.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, Fall 2003.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Psychology or related field..
  29. Objectives: This course is designed to familiarize students with the biochemical basis of neuropharmacology. The course will provide information forming the basis of neuronal regulatory systems in the brain, and the application of the latest approaches to the study of neurotransmitters and drug actions in the nervous system.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will have an understanding of neuropharmacology and how agents acting on nervous tissues may be used to modify neurological dysfunction. This knowledge base will facilitate their research in neuroscience.
  31. Major Topics: Cellular Foundations of Neuropharmacology

    Nerve Terminal Mechanisms in Synaptic Transmission

    Post-Synaptic Structure and Function in Synaptic Transmission

    Molecular Foundations of Neuropharmacology


    Modulation of Synaptic Transmission

    Amino Acid Neurotransmitters


    Norepinephrine and Epinephrine



    Histamine and Adenosine

    Neuroactive Peptides

    Cellular Mechanisms in Learning & Memory

    Cellular Mechanisms of Psychiatric Disorders

    Drug Abuse and Addiction

    Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease


  32. Textbooks: The Biochemical Basis of Neuropharmacology, Cooper, Bloom & Roth, 8th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2003.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
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  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
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