Experimentation in Behavioural Studies


Langue d'enseignement : Anglais
Crédits ECTS: 6


  • Heures d'enseignement dispensées à l'étudiant : 140 heures
  • Temps de travail personnel : 10 heures

Objectifs et compétences

Objectifs :
In this course, students learn about the animal models of learning and memory, in particular genetically modified animals and behavioural pharmacology. They get a very strong training in hands-on about learning-memory tests in rats and mice, injections of drugs via different routes as well as other behavioural testing in small laboratory animals.

Compétences :
  • Describe the origins and possible future of Neurosciences
  • Look for and apply for an international PhD position
  • Look for and apply for an international job in the industry
  • Look for and apply for other jobs related to Neurosciences
  • Find and get appropriate complementary training/education at the international level

  • Know the fundamental rules of health and security at work in the lab
  • Know the basis of animal care, occupational health, good research practices and euthanasia
  • Know categories of invasiveness and the principles of anaesthesia, analgesia, and surgery
  • Design experimental protocols
  • Process and analyse data using appropriate tools including specialised software
  • Apply the rules of health and security at work in the lab
  • Demonstrate proficiency in handling, restraining, sampling, sexing and realizing injections, anaesthesia, analgesia, euthanasia, and necropsy of lab animals (mice and rats)
  • Work independently on specific research tasks
  • Communicate effectively in English and native language on the procedures followed and the results yielded by experiments with the matching interpretation to diverse audiences using a range of media (from research papers to public communications)
  • List ethical issues and regulations linked to animal and human experimentation

  • Have in-depth knowledge of at least one specialized Neurosciences field
  • Apply the basic technical approaches of Neurosciences 4.1 Neuroanatomy 4.2 Neurophysiology 4.3 Cellular & molecular neurosciences 4.4 Neuropharmacology 4.5 Behavioural approaches
  • Formulate appropriate questions and propose effective investigations to complex Neurosciences issues: 5.1. Identify and critically asses theoretical and practical approaches to develop appropriate strategies of investigation 5.2 Critically review specialized bibliography 5.3 Monitor and evaluate results
  • Study and work out a concrete, practical Neurosciences problem independently.
  • Examine their own practice in a critical manner and modify accordingly, including reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of brain research
  • Name the technical approaches of Neurosciences, explain their theoretical groundings and know when to use them

  • Neurosciences display a very extensive range of interests, from the molecular level to cognition and even further (societal Neuroscience…). Additional specific learning outcomes in a related field can thus spread from mathematics or physics to psychology or sciences of education and cannot be detailed here

Organisation pédagogique

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Contrôle des connaissances

Session 1 :

Contrôle continu : Coef 2/3

Examen écrit terminal (1h) : Coef 1/3

Session 2 :

Report note contrôle continu : Coef 1/2

Examen écrit (1h) ou oral selon effectif : Coef 1/2

Lectures recommandées

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Responsable de l'unité d'enseignement

Jean-Louis Guillou


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