Math 430: Analytical and Computational Neuroscience
Fall 2017 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: A mathematical and computational introduction to the biophysical mechanisms that underlie physiological functions of single neurons and synapses. Topics include voltagedependent channel gating mechanisms, the HodgkinHuxley model for membrane excitability, repetitive and burst firing, nerve impulse propagation in axons and dendrites, single and multicompartmental modeling, synaptic transmission, calcium handling dynamics and calcium dependent currents and processes.
Number of Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MATH 211 with a grade of C or better or MATH 213 with a grade of C or better, and MATH 222 with a grade of C or better, andCS 100 with a grade of C or better or CS 113 with a grade of C or better or CS 115 with a grade of C or better or MATH 340 with a grade of C or better.
CourseSection and Instructors
CourseSection 
Instructor 
Math 430001 
Professor H. Rotstein 
Office Hours for All Math Instructors: Fall 2017 Office Hours and Emails
Required Textbook:
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 & 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.
Exams: There will be one midterm exam held in class during the semester.
Midterm Exam 
TBA 
Final Exam Period 
December 15  21, 2017 
Makeup Exam Policy: There will be No makeup QUIZZES OR EXAMS during the semester. In the event an exam is not taken under rare circumstances where the student has a legitimate reason for missing the exam, the student should contact the Dean of Students office and present written verifiable proof of the reason for missing the exam, e.g., a doctor’s note, police report, court notice, etc. clearly stating the date AND time of the mitigating problem. The student must also notify the Math Department Office/Instructor that the exam will be missed.
Cellular Phones: All cellular phones and other electronic devices must be switched off during all class times.
Additional Resources
Math Tutoring Center: Located in the Central King Building, Lower Level, Rm. G11 (See: Fall 2017 Hours)
Further Assistance: For further questions, students should contact their instructor. All instructors have regular office hours during the week. These office hours are listed on the Math Department's webpage for Instructor Office Hours and Emails.
All students must familiarize themselves with and adhere to the Department of Mathematical Sciences Course Policies, in addition to official universitywide policies. The Department of Mathematical Sciences takes these policies very seriously and enforces them strictly.
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 