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"Swiftly the head mass becomes an enchanted loom where millions of flashing shuttles weave a dissolving pattern, a shifting harmony of sub patterns."
A quote from Sir Charles Sherrington, eminent neurophysiologist, describing the awake brain in his lecture, "Brain and its works" at the University of Edinburgh.

Human Neuroscience - CSCD 3235

Course Description

This class is an introduction to the anatomy, organization, and function of the human nervous system, with an emphasis on the neurobehavioral disorders that result from damage to the brain. It aims to promote familiarity with the basic anatomy and physiology of the human nervous system, its control of physical functions and its mediation of cognitive and emotional behaviors. By the very nature of the subject matter, the course requires learning the terminology that is typically used to describe components of the nervous system. In addition, students will learn to identify the location and function critical areas and structures. The course will also review the effects of pathology or injury to the nervous system on motor function,sensation, cognition and emotion.

Student comments regarding this course

The comments below represent a sample of the feedback provided by students on end of term anonymous course evaluations in response to the question: "What aspects of the course or the instructor’s approach contributed most to your learning? "

"Cannot say enough good things about Dr. Stefanatos, or his Human Neuroscience course! I probably learned more in this class this than any previous class at Temple. He was extremely knowledgeable, yet was able to break information down for us. His in-class demonstrations, videos, and other materials were great. I also loved that he put slides up for us to print out before class. The fact that he brought in a human brain was even more awesome! Dr. S made the class feel so much more important than just another class. He was understanding of our busy workloads as students, and tried to help us succeed whenever possible. If I could take him again, I’d do it in a heartbeat! Thanks, Dr. S! "

"Dr. S prepares extremely thorough and well-formulated powerpoints. He makes them available with enough advance notice to print and bring with you to class. His lectures expand on the powerpoint content. He has a wealth of personal experience that comes out via stories, anecdotes, and video clips. He pulls in lots of interactive outside resources to help illustrate what were learning. Upfront, he offers tips and strategies for test prep/studying. One of my favorite things about this course is his fairness in grading. Some other professors take a soft approach and really coddle students, who then never develop a work ethic or take their responsibilities seriously. In contrast, Dr. S does not enable or reward laziness; he does arm them with the resources they need to excel - its then up to each individual to take advantage and extract maximum benefit. Dr. Stefanatos tests are challenging and intense, but graded fairly. He has a kind, pleasant demeanor and a fun sense of humor. Its impossible to be bored or disengaged during his lectures. This course not only exceeded my expectations, but also elevated my opinion of the educational quality available at Temple University. I've taken lots of other courses in neuro/psych, and Dr. Stefanatos Human Neuroscience course trumps them all."

"Some of Dr. Stefanatos lectures reach a sort of TedTalk level of quality. He covers the most cutting edge, up to date research without neglecting the fundamental concepts supporting those advances. He approaches each topic from a variety of perspectives, and is especially skilled at describing the experiential, or human, aspect of neuroscience. I also really enjoyed the EEG Lab experience. It was a great way to expand our understanding of concepts covered in class, and it provided us with some insight into what goes into to working in a lab."

"He is very knowledgeable, and has an enthusiastic approach to teaching the subject. He genuinely wants us to learn this subject and it shows through his teaching methods. This is very advanced material, and alot of it. As much as I would say that he should dumb it down to make it easier to do well in his class, he would probably be doing us a disservice by not giving us all of the information he does. I am glad that he challenges us. I just wish that our level of interest showed more through our grades. It is a great class, I love the amount of material we cover and amount of knowledge I’ve gained but I would have liked to have an A also."

"Dr. Stefanatos brings a wealth of experience to the class. I loved hearing about his first hand experience in the laboratory setting. He is a fun guy with a sense of humor, which is hard to come by in science professors."

"Dr. Stefanatos is a very smart guy and he knows exactly what he is talking about. He makes Neuroscience sound easy when in fact it is not. Showed some great videos and some were funny, brought in a brain. Kept the class going."

"The instructors enthusiasm for the subject was contagious. He also had high expectations for the amount of information we should be learning, which forced us to learn a lot! The professor also provided excellent visuals and videos to exemplify the disorders we were learning about."

"Very difficult course which moves very fast. This course forced me to change my study habits quickly so as not to fall so far behind that there would be no catching up. I have already used the knowledge I have taken away from this course in understanding things I’ve read outside of class. As hard as this course is, Dr. Stefanatos gives students every opportunity to succeed. He is a very generous grader, and is generous with his time as well. Lectures are thorough and not to be missed. Dr. Stefanatos is one-of-a-kind and I am lucky to have learned from him. This course was challenging but worthwhile."

"Although I was completely apprehensive and overwhelmed entering this course, this turned out to be my favorite class of the semester! I appreciated the first class where Dr. Stefanatos gave clear instructions and expectations for the course and provided a personal background of his educational/professional careers. Slideshows were very interactive and I enjoyed when the instructor would mention practical clinical examples of the concepts we learned in class. The instructor provided well-delivered lectures and encouraged and eased participation. The Blackboard site was well-maintained and provided lots of extra resources and guides! Overall, this course was especially challenging, but I appreciated that aspect of it, and am leaving this course undoubtedly much more knowledgable than a few months prior! This course will be particularly beneficial in my future clinical career, and I wish I had had it in my Undergrad studies because I feel it would have helped me immensely in my previous job experiences!

"Loved the real-life applications Dr. Stefanatos provided with the lectures. I think this makes learning the material much easier when you can relate to different scenarios. Regardless of the grade, I learned very much. Dr. Stefanatos always came to class in a great mood, and always acted as if he loved what he was doing, which makes coming to class very enjoyable. Overall great course and great professor."

“Professor Stefanatos is a weird guy, and that made his course very interesting and fun. You can tell he is passionate about his work and it helps engage students to do well. He was great, always unbiased and accepting."

"I really enjoyed his passion and love for the brain. It was actually quite inspirational at times."

"The powerpoints and the videos Professor Stefanatos presented in class were well put together and extremely beneficial. It condensed heavy material from the textbook and made it a thousand times easier to understand and apply in real life situations. Overall, taking Professor Stefanatos this semester was probably the best decision I’ve ever made at Temple. It is truly an honor to say I’ve been taught by him. His passion for neuroscience and the success of his students was evident from day one and has never faltered since. If it was possible, I would love to take another class of his."

"I learned so much in this class and I know it was because of the teaching style of the professor."

"Dr. Stefanatos was fair to all students. He truly wants everyone to succeed in his course. I really enjoyed taking this course although it was my hardest class I have ever taken at Temple."

"Many aspects of this course provided for a very well rounded beneficial learning experience. The instructor would focus on teaching the basics of subject matter and then focus how to apply knowledge to research and clinical practices. He always encouraged students to ask questions and helped tie to conceptual ties between subject matters to help students understand the complexity, yet not impossible to understand, topics covered in class. The passion demonstrated by Stefanatos always helped keep the class engaged and focused and excited to come to class. Definitely one of my top three best professors in my undergrad career."

"I really enjoyed his passion for neuroscience. He taught all the material very clearly and thoroughly. I also enjoyed how he incorporated lots of videos and humor into the class, and the EEG was a great learning experience. I really loved this class and Dr. Stefanatos was a great professor."

"His passion for neuroscience shows and it makes the class more interesting and worthwhile. You know how people say they have that one college professor they’ll never forget? Well for me it's Dr. Stefanatos. He helped me in more ways than just neuroscience and he doesn't even know it".
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Research Methods in Communication Sciences – CSCD 2201

Course Description

This class introduces quantitative research methods in the communication sciences. It covers a variety of study domains including field/descriptive, correlational, survey, clinical, ethnographic, and experimental research designs. Students learn various research methods for addressing particular types of research questions. Concepts covered include types of variables, parametric and nonparametric inferential statistics, sampling designs, hypothesis testing, and publication policies.
Student comments regarding this course

The comments below represent a sample of the feedback provided by students on end of term anonymous course evaluations in response to the question: "What aspects of the course or the instructor’s approach contributed most to your learning?"

"The instructors excitement, vast knowledge of the field, and humor contributed most to my learning. Something else that was a great help was Dr. Stefanatos applying the material we were learning to real life situations in the Speech Language Pathology field."

"The material is very dry, but there is nothing that can really be done about that. However, this dryness is handled well by Dr. Stefanatos’ personality."

"Instructor really knows what he is talking about and has a passion for teaching this course. It really helps when I get a great instructor like this."

"I really liked the way Dr. Stefanatos applied what we were learning about to real life studies. It made it very easy to understand what we were learning and how it applied."

"I enjoyed doing a critical appraisal and having each student complete one. I learned how to look at a research paper and pick out the most important pieces and how to critique it by completing the assignment."

"He was funny and made somewhat dull material entertaining! I like him a lot as an instructor and I look forward to having him again. He was funny"