Syllabus academic year 2007/2008
Higher education credits: 15.
Grading scale: TH.
Language of instruction: The course might be given in English.
TEK083 overlap following cours/es: EXTN30.
Optional for: N4.
Course coordinator: Dan-E. Nilsson, Dan-E.Nilsson@cob.lu.se, Inst f cell- och organismbiologi.
Prerequisites: TEK285, TEK295 and TEK015.
The number of participants is limited to 5
Selection criteria: Credits remaining for the degree.
Home page: http://www.biol.lu.se/biologi.
The course deals with vision and other types of photoreception, olfaction, taste, hearing, equilibrium, mechanoreception, pressure reception, electroreception, magnetoreception and senses for temperature and heat radiation. All senses are studied comparatively across the animal kingdom. A range of methods in physiology, ethology and human psychophysics are taught and used during the course. The course is divided into sections covering different levels of organisation:
Towards the end of the course, each student will carry out a major practical project specialised in one area of sensory biology. The project results will be discussed at a full-day symposium organised at a field station.
- The molecular machinery of sensory receptors.
- The design and function of sensory organs.
- Neuroanatomy, neural processing and integration of sensory information.
- The role of sensory information in behaviour and in the adaptation of animals to their environment (sensory ecology).
According to a reading list determined by the department. This list will be available at least five weeks before the start of the course.