NEVR3001 - Cellular and Systems Neuroscience


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The course will introduce the student to key cellular, molecular, neural network, and systems level mechanisms relevant to central nervous system organization, structure, and function. These include fundamental biology of the neuron, synaptic transmission, axonal transport, axon growth and guidance, and basic brain microcircuit organization. Furthermore, the course will cover fundamental principles of neuroplasticity as well as key cellular and network dynamics determining nervous system function, but also responses to injury and neurodegenerative disease.

Learning outcome

Learning outcomes

After completing the NEVR3001 course and passing the exam the student should be able to:


  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the cell biology of the neuron, neuron-glia interactions, cellular neurophysiology, and signal integration across neuronal assemblies.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of structural and functional connectivity, and key neuroplasticity mechanisms underlying nervous system organization and function.


  • Understand scientific literature on cellular and systems neuroscience.
  • Discuss fundamental concepts in cellular and systems neuroscience drawing upon lecture contents and relevant course literature.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of how molecular genetic and electrophysiology tools can be applied in the study of neural systems.

General competence

  • Apply critical thinking and draw upon key concepts from the course to communicate a general understanding of how neural networks organize, acquire and maintain normal function, and also how they respond to injury or disease.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, team-based learning (TBL), flipped classroom, and participation in group-based discussions

The course is taught in the autumn semester with a final examination in December. The language of teaching and examination is English.

This course has restricted admission. Students admitted to the MSc in Neuroscience programme are guaranteed a place. Other students must apply for a place by the given deadlines.

Further on evaluation

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. In case of only a few candidates, the re-sit examination may be conducted as an oral examination.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes. For more information:

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Neuroscience (MSNEUR)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to a programme of study is required:

Msc in Neuroscience

Restricted admission to classes:

Students not enrolled in MSc in Neuroscience may be individually assessed for a seat if they have a relevant background in accordance with the admission criteria to the MSc in Neuroscience programme:

More information about restricted admission and application deadline:

Course materials

Reading materials (textbook chapters and scientific papers) that supplement each lecture will be listed on the course syllabus and will be made available to students electronically at the start of the term.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
NEVR3020 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2024-06-01

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Neuroscience
  • Biology
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Medicine
  • Psychology


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Written examination 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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