Fundamentals of Neuroscience Part 2: Neurons and Networks

Fundamentals of Neuroscience Part 2: Neurons and Networks

Institution: HarvardX (edX)

Date: September 3, 2014 - January 8, 2015

Bio: The second in the neuroscience series, hosted outside of edX itself. While the first course focused on the properties of individual neurons, this course focuses on networks and connections between neurons.

There are still the interactive labs, animations, and 'field trips'; but they are a lot more sparse in this offering. Instead they rely a lot more on talking head lectures. There isn't any complex math in this topic, but they still don't shy away from front loading the scientific terms and vocabulary at a fast pace.

It is a largely self paced course, in which the lectures try to offer an intuitive understanding while optional readings allow you to go deeper into the content. The only graded assessment is the brutal final which they only offer at specific times.

Accomplishments: I completed all of the course material, and scored a 87.42% on the final exam. The exam only required a 60% to pass, but was designed such that a portion of the later questions were only solvable if you went beyond the material expected of you in the base course.

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