SSC Spring Term 2011
Week 1) Introduction to nervous system of invertebrates, nerve conduction and synapses. Introduction to apparatus. Lab courtesy and safety
Week 2) Cockroach nerve cord, nerve conduction, use of natural and electrical stimuli, oscilloscope as recorder
Week 3) Cockroach leg: sensory transduction – what information is encoded?
Protocol Data (in EMF format, 7Mbyte zipfile) Data (in PNG format, 0.2 Mbyte zipfile)
Week 4) Locust breathing: motor control
Protocol Data (in zipfile)
Weeks 5&6) Drosophila eye photoreceptors: computer based stimuli-acquisition
Protocol Recordings from white-eyed fly and red-eyed fly [These open in my dasyview software]
Week 7) CNS: Intracellular recording technique from snail neurons
Week 8) Fly neuromuscular junction – confocal microscopy
Protocol Data - in a 38Mbyte zipfile. The zipfile will expand to give you a directory full of .lsm files and a database which stores the details, eg the microscope settings. You will probably need the Zeiss software as below, though recent versions of ImageJ should also open the files.
Week 9) PowerPoint Presentation of one experiment
Week 10) Report on write-up and feedbackSoftware
Suggestions for PPT and writeup (2 pages max text, + figures each on a separate page with a short legend):
Introduction: Background to organism/part of nervous system used.
Method: very brief, outline in 1 or 2 sentences (we followed the protocol...)
Results: show data recordings, describe the prominent features, e.g. firing rate of action potentials, effect of maintained v transient stimuli
Discussion: what general conclusions do you draw? Any similar data form other experiments in this series/literature?
Chris Elliott 16 feb 2011