NEVR2030 - Condensed Introduction to Neuroscience


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours D

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 90 minutes

Course content

NEVR2030 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 system, as well as elements from cognitive and clinical neuroscience. The course also provides an introduction in philosophy and ethics of neuroscience. The course may be taken by students from a variety of disciplines including electronics, cybernetics, informatics, computational science or biophysics who want to learn more about neuroscience (see also NEVR2010 for a more elaborate version).

Learning outcome

After completion of the course NEVR2030 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.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures. 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, the exam can be taken in English, bokmål or nynorsk. Students with legitimate leave of absence at the final examination and students who received the grade F may take a re-sit examination in the spring semester. In case of few candidates, the re-sit examination may be conducted as an oral examination.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Neuroscience by Purves et. al, 5th edition Sinauer

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
NEVR2010 7.5 01.09.2009
NEVR2020 7.5 01.09.2009
NEVR3010 7.5 01.09.2009
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Biophysics
  • Computer Systems
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Informatics
  • 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 10:30

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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