NEVR2010 - Introduction to Neuroscience


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 6 hours D

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 2 hours

Course content

NEVR2010 provides a thorough introduction to contemporary neuroscience. The course covers central themes and the corresponding disciplines that are relevant for neuroscience, including the neuron and neuronal networks, the organization and development of the central nervous system, systems in the central nervous system including the sensory and motor systems, as well as elements from cognitive and clinical neuroscience. The course also provides an introduction in philosophy and ethics of neuroscience.

The course is strongly recommended as a basis for the international master's programme in Neuroscience (, but the course may also be taken by students at the bachelor's level in a variety of disciplines including technology, electronics, computational science or biophysics (see also NEVR2030 for a condensed version). The course may also be of interest to students in the social sciences, arts and literature as well as psychology, who have an interest in the neuroscientific underpinning of for example, thoughts, speech capabilities or consciousness.

The course includes a short oral presentation on a predefined topic. Topics can be freely selected but have to be related to at least one of the lectures and/or reading material provided. The presentations allow to deepen knowledge in one of the lectured topics and trains presentation skills. In specific circumstances, an exempt is possible in which case an assay will replace the presentation. The assignment is evaluated as passed/failed.

Learning outcome

After completion of the course NEVR2010 the student:

1) has insight in basic structure and function of the nervous system ranging from the molecular to systems level, including general knowledge of the overall organization and functions of sensory and motor systems including their cortical and subcortical components, main modulatory systems, brainstem and spinal cord.

2) understands how neural systems contribute to sensory experiences, thoughts, emotions, behavior. This includes structure and function of the neuron, synapse and synaptic transmission, transmitter, membrane potential, methods to assess brain activity, neuronal integration and modulation.

3) is aware of the meaning and relevance of neurophilosophy

4) is able to reflect of scientific literature as reflected in preparing and presenting a coherent short presentation/short essay.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and assignment. The course will be held in English in view of the high number of exchange students taking the course. Regular final examination is given in the autumn semester only. Students with legitimate leave of absence at the final examination and students who receive the grade F may take a re-sit examination in the spring semester. If few candidates, the re-sit examination may be conducted as an oral examination.

Compulsory assignments

  • Essay

Further on evaluation

Obligatory short oral presentation:
Passed assignment is a requirement to take the final examination. Passed assignment is valid only for two academic years.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Selected chapters of Neuroscience by Purves et. al, 5th edition Sinauer

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
NEVR2020 7.5 01.08.2006
NEVR3010 15.0 01.08.2006
NEVR2030 7.5 01.09.2009
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Neuroscience
  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 D 2021-06-01 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates

Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100

Release 2020-12-09

Submission 2020-12-09

Release 09:00

Submission 11:00

Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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