Neurology I (MED404) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Neurology I MED404 2 1 0 2 3
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Discussion.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Course Assistants
Course Objectives Acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitude to diagnose and treatthe common neurologic diseases at the primary care level; recognition of the diseases requiring surgical or interventional treatment and being able to explain the treatment methods; recognition of the emergent and urgent neurologic cases, being able to do the initial intervention and transfer to secondary care centers by taking appropriate measures; following up some neurological diseases at the primary care level and taking preventive measures; recognition of the neurological symptoms and signs, and transferring to the secondary care centers under appropriate conditions with the presumptive diagnosis of related diseases.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Explain the normal structure and function of the nervous system.
  • Explain the etiologic factors (genetic, developmental, metabolic, toxic, infectious, autoimmune, degenerative, vascular, etc.) and pathophysiological mechanisms of of the nervous system diseases.
  • Know the epidemiology and the approaches to decrease the frequency of the common diseases of the nervous system.
  • Explain the main symptoms and signs of the nervous system diseases.
  • Take a detailed and reliable history of the nervous system symptoms.
  • Make a complete and reliable neurologic examination.
  • Perform a Minimental State ExaminationTest if required and interpret the result roughly.
  • List presumptive diagnoses by evaluating the history and examination findings of the patient, explain the basic diagnostic tests to confirm the diagnosis and interpret the test results.
  • Identify the factors that expose the people to the nervous system diseases and the individuals under risk before or at the initial stage of the disease and take the necessary precautions.
  • Recognize the highly mortal nervous system diseases and emergency cases, make the initial treatments and transfer to secondary care center properly.
  • Recognize the common nervous system diseasesinitiate the right treatment at the primary care level and do the follow up of the patient.
  • Do the follow up at the primary care level of some nervous system diseases (epilepsy, stroke, migraine, dementia, etc.) of which the treatment is has been planned.
  • Know the drugs used in the treatment of the nervous system diseases and their serious side effects.
  • Apply the rational drug using principles in the treatment of the nervous system diseases.
  • Recognize the nervous system diseases requiring surgical or interventional treatment and explain the surgical treatment principles.
Course Content Clinical neuroanatomy, central and peripheral nervous system diseases, symptoms and clinical course of these diseases, diagnosis and treatment planning.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Clinical neuro-anatomy, Neuro-physiology, Transient ischemic attack and stroke, Miyastenia gravis and cholinergic crisis, Epilepsy and status epilepticus, Tension headache, Migraine and other headaches, Speech and language examination, Mental status examination; Orientation, memory, mental tracking Examination of the cranial nerves 1-8., Examination of bulber cranial nerves, Minimental State Examination Test, Diagnostic methods in neurology, Communication disorders, Facial paralysis, Headache, Convulsions and syncope, Dizziness, Amnesia Seminar -
2 Intracranial infections and poliomyelitis, Hyperkinesia (Tic disorder, torticollis), Muscle diseases - Polymyositis and dermatomyositis, Head trauma and spinal trauma, Neuro-oncology, Vascular diseases of the central nervous system, Hydrocephalus, Mononeuropathy and compression neuropathies, Peripheral neuropathy and Guillain-Barre syndrome, Parkinson’s disease Tonus and muscle strength examination, Lumber puncture, Examination of proprioception and cortical sensation, Examination of deep tendon reflexes and pathologic reflexes, Patient presentation and discussion, Practice in the Brain and Nerve surgery, Muscle weakness, Motor deficits (monoparesis/hemiparesis/paraparesis), Neuralgia and paresthesia, Sleep disorders, Tremor-parkinsonism, Seminar -
3 Multiple sclerosis and optic neuritis, Ataxic disorders, Intracranial hypertension and brain edema, Coma and delirium, Genetics of the neurologic diseases, Motor neuron diseases and syringomyelia, Cognitive disorders (Dementia and delirium), Consciousness disorders, Visual loss and visual field defects, Diplopia and pupillary abnormalities , Interpreting the findings of neurologic examination, Cerebellar examination, Examination of the patient in coma and Glasgow coma scale, Prescription practice, Exam -


Course Book 1. Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology (10th Edition); Allan H. Ropper,‎ Martin A. Samuels,‎ Joshua Klein; McGraw-Hill, 2014.
2. Clinical Neurology and Neuroanatomy: A Localization-Based Approach (1st Edition); Aaron Berkowitz; McGraw-Hill, 2017.
3. Essential Neurosurgery (3rd Edition); Andrew H. Kaye; Blackwell Publishing, 2005.
4. Clinical Neurology. Michael J. Aminoff, David Greenberg, Roger P. Simon (Editors); McGraw Hill.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application 2 20
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury - -
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 80
Toplam 3 100
Percentage of Semester Work
Percentage of Final Work 100
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Integrates and utilizes the information, skills, and approaches obtained from basic, clinical, and medical sciences, behavioral sciences, and social sciences when offering healthcare services. X
2 Offers healthcare services to patients with a biopsychosocial approach where the sociodemographic and sociocultural backgrounds of these individuals are taken into consideration, focusing on the universal human values, ethical principles, and professional duties; without exercising discrimination on the basis of language, religion, race, or sex. X
3 Aims to protect, improve, and develop individual and public health when offering healthcare services. X
4 Performs the necessary studies in sustaining and improving health, taking into the individual, public, social, and environmental factors to affect it. X
5 Trains healthy individuals/ patients, their relatives, and other healthcare workers in healthcare upon determining the features, requirements, and expectations of their target audience. X
6 Exercises a safe, rational, and effective approach in the procedures of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up, and rehabilitation; while offering healthcare services. X
7 Implements interventional and/or non-interventional practices in a way that is safe and effective for patients during the procedures of diagnosis, treatment, follow-up, and rehabilitation. X
8 Offers healthcare services taking into account the health and safety of patients and employees. X
9 Takes the regional and global changes in physical and socioeconomic settings to affect health, as well as the changes in the individual features and behaviors of patients referring to them into account, while offering healthcare. X
10 Takes the good medical practices into account while performing their duties. X
11 Undertakes the tasks and duties within the framework of their professional ethical rules, as well as their legal rights and duties. X
12 Stands for the improvements in the manner in which healthcare services are offered, taking into account the concepts of social reliability and social duty, in an effort to protect and improve individual and public health. X
13 Evaluates the effects of health policies and healthcare practices on public health indicators, and, where required, amends their evaluation on the grounds of scientific and social needs; in an effort to help improve the quality of healthcare services. X
14 Leads their healthcare team while offering healthcare services, in a participative, and collaborative manner. X
15 Establishes positive relationships within their healthcare team; and where needed, easily adapts to various positions among their team. X
16 Exercises effective communication with patients, the relatives of patients, healthcare professionals, and groups from other professions, as well as institutions and organizations. X
17 Plans and conducts scientific studies on the society to which they serve, and use the results of these, or those from other studies, to benefit the society. X
18 Accesses the current literature on their profession, and evaluates them with a critical approach.
19 Chooses the correct sources of learning to improve the healthcare services that they offer, and regulates their own learning process.
20 Demonstrates the skills of obtaining and evaluating new information, integrating newer pieces of information with their current ones, as well as adapting to changing conditions throughout their professional life.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 3 18 54
Application 3 18 54
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 3 4 12
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 5 5
Total Workload 125