Syllabus for Neurobiology



  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1BG207
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biology G2F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-12-17
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 27, 2020
  • Entry requirements: 80 credits in biology equivalent to the basic course in biology within the Bachelor's Programme in Biology/Molecular Biology.
  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the structure and function of neurons and glia cells
  • describe how the nervous system is established and how neurons are connected in neuronal circuits that control bodily functions and behavioral output
  • describe the central nervous system, the autonomous nervous system and the peripheral nervous system including the structure and function of the sensory organs and the motor systems. Describe and analyse how the interactions between these neuronal systems via various neurotransmitters 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, and how these can be dysfunctional in neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders
  • analyse a given theoretical problem/case, identify gaps in knowledge and retrieve knowledge from relevant scientific literature
  • give an account for basic and advanced neurobiological techniques
  • 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 neurocellular mechanisms such as chemical and electrical signaling and neurotransmission. It then describes more advanced functions of the nervous system from the molecular to the integrated level, such as the different senses (sight, smell, etc.), motor and movement control, reward system, emotions and pain. The course also describes 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 all compulsory parts (laboratory sessions, seminars, literature assignment and presentation, and passed continuous exams such as half-time control), 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 and presentation 1 credit, and continuous exams, so called "duggas", 1 credit.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 27, 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Purves, Dale; Augustine, George J.; Fitzpatrick, David. Neuroscience

    International sixth edition.: New York: Sinauer Associates, [2019]

    Find in the library