2017-2018 / PSYC0062-2

Functional neuroanatomy of laboratory rodents


10h Th, 20h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Jean-Christophe Plumier

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course is divided in a theorical part and a more important practical part. It targets students who wish to learn the basis of experimental research in neuroanatomy of rodents (rat and mouse). The course presents various techniques of experimetal neuroanatomy and offer to analyze histological sections of rodent brains during the practical part of the course.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The main goal of this course is to provide theorical and practical bases of the rodent (rat and mouse) neuroanatomy. To achieve this, different techniques used in neuroanatomy will be described during the theorical part of the course and some of them will be analyzed during the hands-on part of the course. It should be noted that most of the course is focused on experimental approaches.
At the end of the course, students will be able to propose an experimental protocol to assess the neuroanatomical aspect of a given problem and criticize diverse methods commonly used in neuroanatomy.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic knowledge in neurobiology is requested.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The practical aspect of the course aims at giving the students a chance to experiment various techniques described during the theorical part of the course and to study the neuroanatomy of rodents (mainly mice). This practical course may take place at several locations according to the techniques used and to the need of a specialized equipment.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Theorical courses are followed by microscopic observations. These courses will be held in the building B18 (Geology department). The use of a neuroanatomical atlas requires a laptop.

Recommended or required readings

Assessment methods and criteria

The final note will be based on the student report and on the student score during a written exam. If unsucessful, an oral exam will be proposed.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Prof Jean-Christophe Plumier
Animal Physiology InBioS - PHYTOsystems Institut de Botanique (B22) Chemin de la Vallée 4 (Sart Tilman) 4000 Liège 04/3663843