Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
Grading scale: UV.
Main field: Technology.
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English.
EXTN30 overlaps following cours/es: TEK083.
Optional for: N5nbm.
Course coordinator: Dan-E. Nilsson, Dan-E.Nilsson@biol.lu.se, Department of Biology.
Prerequisites: KOKA01 General and Inorganic Chemistry, KOKA05 Organic Chemistry, TEK295 Biology of the Cell and TEK015 Human Physiology.
The number of participants is limited to 4
Selection criteria: Credits awarded or credited within the study programme.
Assessment: Written examination.
Home page: http://www.biologi.lu.se.
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 list established by the department, available at least five weeks before the start of the course, see the web-page for Undergraduate Studies in Biology.