After completing the course, the student should be able to
describe the structure and function of neurons and glia cells
describe how neurons are connected in neuronal circuits that control our behaviour
describe the central nervous system, the autonomous nervous system and the peripheral nervous system including the structure and function of the sensory organs and describe and analyse how the interactions between these and the most important transmitters influence the functions of the body
describe some of the functions of the nervous system such as the regulation of , movement, motivation, pain, emotions and memory
describe neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, addiction, schizophrenia, depression
analyse a given theoretical problem/case, identify gaps in knowledge and retrieve knowledge independently to be able to present a scientifically sound solution
give an account for the current neurobiological techniques, such as brain histology, optogenetics, electrophysiology and electrochemistry, behavioural analyses, transgenics
identify and apply a suitable method theoretically or practically to address the research question at hand
compile and present a literature study and develop an ability to critically analyse and discuss science by reviewing texts in public and scientific papers
identify and discuss ethical issues related to scientific activities.
The course structure is aimed at in-depth knowledge of the molecular and cellular neurobiology and basic knowledge of general neurobiology. The emphasis is on mammalian neurobiology, particularly humans. Course introduction focuses on neuroanatomy and basic cellular mechanisms such as neurotransmitter release and electrophysiology. It then describes more integrated functions of the nervous system from the molecular to the cognitive level, such as the different senses (sight, smell, etc.), musculoskeletal neurobiology, reward system, biological rhythms, emotions and pain. The course also describes the current methods in neuroscience research.
The teaching consists of lectures, laboratory sessions, problem-based learning sessions and literature seminars.
To pass the course, passed participation in compulsory part (laboratory sessions, problem-based learning sessions, seminars and literature seminars), passed laboratory report, passed oral half-time examinations and passed results of examination are required. Credit points of the modules are: written exam 9 credits, laboratory sessions 2 credits, seminars, 2 credits, the literature assignment seminars 1 credit, and oral exams 1 credit.