NEVR2030 - Condensed Introduction to Neuroscience


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Digital home exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Digital home exam 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.

Further on evaluation

Regular final examination is given in the autumn semester only. The exam questions are in English but students can write their answers 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.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Neuroscience by Purves et. al, 5th edition Sinauer. Course lecture slides.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
NEVR2010 7.5 AUTUMN 2009
NEVR2020 7.5 AUTUMN 2009
NEVR3010 7.5 AUTUMN 2009
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

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: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience


Examination arrangement: Digital home exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Digital home exam 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Digital home exam 100/100 INSPERA
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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