Math 635: Analytical Computational Neuroscience
Fall 2017 Graduate Course Syllabus
NJIT Academic Integrity Code: All Students should be aware that the Department of Mathematical Sciences takes the University Code on Academic Integrity at NJIT very seriously and enforces it strictly. This means that there must not be any forms of plagiarism, i.e., copying of homework, class projects, or lab assignments, or any form of cheating in quizzes and exams. Under the University Code on Academic Integrity, students are obligated to report any such activities to the Instructor.
Course Information
Course Description: This course will provide an intermediatelevel mathematical and computational modeling background for small neuronal systems. Models of biophysical mechanisms of single and small networks of neurons are discussed. Topics include voltagedependent channel gating mechanisms, the HodgkinHuxley model for membrane excitability, repetitive and burst firing, single and multicompartmental modeling, synaptic transmission, mathematical treatment of 2cell inhibitory or excitatory networks. In this course, the students will be required to build computer models of neurons and networks and analyze these models using geometric singularperturbation analysis and dynamical systems techniques.
Number of Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MATH 211 or 213, MATH 337, and CS 113 or MATH 240, or departmental approval.
CourseSection and Instructors
CourseSection 
Instructor 
Math 635001 
Professor H. Rotstein 
Office Hours for All Math Instructors: Fall 2017 Office Hours and Emails
Required Textbooks:
Universitywide Withdrawal Date:The last day to withdraw with a w is Monday, November 6, 2017. It will be strictly enforced.
Policies
DMS Course Policies: All DMS students must familiarize themselves with, and adhere to, the Department of Mathematical Sciences Course Policies, in addition to official universitywide policies. DMS takes these policies very seriously and enforces them strictly.
Grading Policy: The final grade in this course will be determined as follows:
Homework, Quizzes, and Class Participation 
40% 
Midterm Exam/ Project 
30% 
Project/ Presentation 
30% 
Your final letter grade will be based on the following tentative curve.
A 
90  100 
C 
70 – 74 
B+ 
85 – 89 
D 
60 – 69 
B 
80 – 84 
F 
0  59 
C+ 
75 – 79 


Attendance Policy: Attendance at all classes will be recorded and is mandatory. Please make sure you read and fully understand the Math Department’s Attendance Policy. This policy will be strictly enforced.
Course Policies: See course website.
Exams: There will be one midterm exam held in class during the semester.
Midterm Exam 
TBA 
Final Exam Period 
December 15  21, 2017 
The final exam will test your knowledge of all the course material taught in the entire course. Make sure you read and fully understand the Math Department's Examination Policy. This policy will be strictly enforced.
Makeup Exam Policy: To properly report your absence from a midterm or final exam, please review and follow the required steps under the DMS Examination Policy found here:
Cellular Phones: All cellular phones and other electronic devices must be switched off during all class times.
Additional Resources
Accommodation of Disabilities: Disability Support Services (DSS) offers long term and temporary accommodations for undergraduate, graduate and visiting students at NJIT.
If you are in need of accommodations due to a disability please contact Chantonette Lyles, Associate Director of Disability Support Services at 9735965417 or via email at lyles@njit.edu. The office is located in Fenster Hall, Room 260. A Letter of Accommodation Eligibility from the Disability Support Services office authorizing your accommodations will be required.
For further information regarding self identification, the submission of medical documentation and additional support services provided please visit the Disability Support Services (DSS) website at:
Important Dates (See: Fall 2017 Academic Calendar, Registrar)
Date 
Day 
Event 
September 5, 2017 
T 
First Day of Classes 
September 11, 2017 
M 
Last Day to Add/Drop Classes 
November 6, 2017 
M 
Last Day to Withdraw 
November 21, 2017 
T 
Thursday Classes Meet 
November 22, 2017 
W 
Friday Classes Meet 
November 23  26, 2017 
R  Su 
Thanksgiving Break  University Closed 
December 13, 2017 
W 
Last Day of Classes 
December 14, 2017 
R 
Reading Day 
December 15  21, 2017 
F  R 
Final Exam Period 