Journal Club: Syllabus

Course Code:

Anatomy 227B/C (Course Code 90220)

Course Units:

1 Unit - Graded: Pass/Fail

Meeting Time:

Every other Wednesday 9:00-10:30 AM

Meeting Place:

Meeting Place (see Journal Club Calendar):
1) Gillespie, First Floor Conference Room, or
2) Hewitt Hall, First Floor Conference Room


Martin Smith, 110 Irvine Hall, 949.824.7079, []


Eric Gold, []
Katelin Patterson, []

Course Objective:

The Anatomy and Neurobiology Journal Club is a student-run departmental course that gives graduate students the opportunity to read, interpret and present literature critically to fellow peers, post-docs and faculty. This course helps students stay abreast of current knowledge in the field, develop presentation skills and promote department unity.

Class is a mandatory requirement for all graduate students in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. A presentation schedule is found on the "Journal Club Calendar" link, located in the navigation bar in the left column of this page. Please note your presentation date may have changed from the original schedule.

Course Grades:

Successful completion of this course will be determined based on two criteria: attendance and presentation.

Attendance at all course meetings is required. All scheduled meeting dates have been on the A&N website since September and all major conferences are taken into consideration.

Papers need to be submitted one (1) week before the JC presentation date, to either Eric Gold or Kate Patterson.

In each class session, two students will individually give a 30 minute presentation, followed by a question and answer session from the audience.

While there is no strict format, presentations should:

  • focus on a critical review of a published paper, from any neuroscience-related topic,
  • review a paper, highlight its strengths and weaknesses, and discuss its scientific implications,
  • include an introduction to the topic/field, as topics will inherently be from a wide range of disciplines within neuroscience, not necessarily familiar to all students.

If, for any reason, you are unable to present on your scheduled day, it is your responsibility to swap with another presenter and inform the course instructors.

Students’ grades will be based on attendance. For Winter 2014 attendance at all 4 meetings is required for an A, 3 of 4 for a B, etc.