Course Resources

Required Textbook

Neuroscience. Sixth Edition. Editors: Purves, Augustine, Fitzpatrick, Hall, LaMantia, White. Sinauer Associates, Inc. 2018.

Learning Management Systems (Online Classrooms)

D2L Course Site

All exams, videos, and discussions will be posted on D2L. Additionally, updates and information will often be posted on the Announcement section on the D2L course homepage. Please make sure you check your feed each time you enter the course.

If you need technical assistance at any time during the course or to report a problem, you can: 


D2L uses a separate email system from MSU. Your D2L email will look like instead of If you are a new student to MSU, your D2L email will NOT be forwarded to your MSU account. It’s entirely your decision, but I recommend that students forward their D2L emails.

  1. To do this, log into D2L. On the main homepage, click on the “Email” tab.
  2. Within the window that appears, in the upper right corner, is a blue gear icon and the word “Settings”. Click into there.
  3. Scroll down to “Forwarding Options,” and add your MSU email.

If you choose not to forward your D2L email, please make a habit of checking the system for messages.

Google Classroom

Problem sets will be posted as Google Docs on Google Classroom. This allows students to work directly on their problem set if desired.

To access the Google Docs and Google Classroom, you must sign in using your MSU NetID and password.

If you are not signed in:

  1. On the page that says, “You need permission,” it tells you which account is being used. Instead of clicking “Request access,” choose the “Switch accounts” button. You can either choose your MSU email from the list or click on “Sign in to another account.”
  2. If your MSU email still doesn’t appear, choose “Add account,” and sign in using your MSU ID and password.

Complete your answers directly on the Google Doc. When you are finished, submit it by using the “Turn In” button on the assignment page in Google Classroom. Do not submit the doc until you are completely finished. Once you turn it in, you will no longer have editing access for the document. If you turn it in early on accident, the Turn In button will change so you can un-submit the assignment.


You will receive an email from me shortly before the course begins with the code for our Google Classroom. The code can also be found in the Announcements section of the D2L course homepage.

Academic Responsibility

It is the responsibility of each student to generate original work for all assignments. This means all submitted work must be in your own words. Plagiarizing from any of, but not limited to, the following: the internet, readings, videos, popular press articles, other students, and/or research articles is grounds for receiving a zero for that assignment. IMPORTANT: This means that even though you are working in teams, the work you submit must be in your own words. Please see Course Policies for more information.