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301137 VO Basics of Neuroscience (2021W)

5.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English

Examination dates



Due to the COVID19 restrictions in our lecture halls (limited to 15 people), we have decided to record the lecture Basics of Neuroscience on videos. There will be video recordings of all 45 teaching units. We also provide the slides of the individual units as learning materials. In each teaching unit you will also find the e-mail address of the lecturer with the note that you are welcome to contact them if you have any questions. All students who have properly registered for the lecture can find more information and the link to the videos on the MOODLE lecture page on October 1st.


Aims, contents and method of the course

This series of 45 lectures are availabel as video recordengs and slides and covers the following 6 topics: Block 1: Developmental Neurobiology and Neuroanatomy; Block 2: Neuronal Cell Biology and Biochemistry (neurotransmitters, receptors, channels, non conventional neurotsmitters, cannabinoids, endocannabinoids and addiction); Block 3: Neurophysiology (including membrane physiology, sensory physiology and synaptic plasticity); Block 4: Cognitive Neurobiology; Block 5: Pathobiology of the Nervous System (including cellular mehanisms, disorders of neurotransmitter dysfunction, De- and regeneration and neuroimmunology).
This lecture is hold in English language. It is intended that you alrady do know the very basics of Neuroscience as for example the attandance of "Neurobiologie (VO 300322)". It ends with a written exam. There are three dates to perform the exam.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The written exams contain 8 short questions (each accounting for 2 points) and two assay questions (each accounting for 5 points). A minimum of 13.5 points are required to pass the exam (Also half and quarter points are given).

Examination topics

This lecture consists of 45 units and we intend to ask questions from each of the different units covering the entire lecture.
Each lecturer provides three short and one assay questions for each of the 45 units newly each year. This represents the pool of questions used for the different exams for this year’s lecture. Each professor corrects his own questions. The final grading is important to continue with the hands-on practical neuroscience course Basics of Neuroscience. The grading cutoff to attend the course is usually in the middle of the points required for a “Befriedigend”.

Reading list

Title: Principles of Neural Science (Fifth Edition)Authors: Eric R. Kandel , James H. Schwartz , Thomas M. Jessell , Steven A. Siegelbaum , A.J. HudspethPublisher: McGraw-Hill Education - EuropeISBN: 978-0-07-139011-8Title: Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain (Fourth Edition)Authors: Mark Bear, Barry Connors, Michael A. ParadisoPublisher: Jones & Bartlett Pub IncISBN: 978-0-7817-7817-6

Association in the course directory

MMB V-1, MMB W-2, MMEI III, MAN 3 (2013), UF MA BU 01, UF MA BU 04

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