NEVR3001 - Cellular and Systems Neuroscience


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

The course will introduce the student to key cellular and molecular mechanisms relevant to central nervous system organization, structure and function. These include fundamental biology of the neuron, synaptic transmission, myelination, axonal transport, 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.

As part of the course, students will complete a written assignment based on a literature search of a relevant topic. Topics for the assignment are related to the content of the course. The assignment is evaluated as approved/not approved. Students must pass the written assignment before taking the exam.

Learning outcome

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

  • exhibit a comprehensive understanding of basic cell biology of the neuron, neuronal communication, as well as key neuroplasticity mechanisms underlying brain organization and function; 
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of how molecular genetic and electrophysiology tools can be applied in the study of neural systems;
  • apply critical thinking and draw upon key concepts from the course to communicate a basic understanding of how neural networks respond to injury or disease, including the role of key neuroplasticity mechanisms in the restoration of function.   

In terms of scientific literacy, students will be able to:

  • search relevant sources of information to acquire literacy in systems neuroscience;
  • use critical reading and thinking skills to evaluate primary literature;
  • formulate a research question based on adequate insight into current knowledge; and
  • report outcomes of research in a coherent written assignment.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, team-based learning (TBL), participation in group-based work/discussions, and supervised written assignment.

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 are guaranteed a place. Other students must apply for a place by the given deadlines. 

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignment based on literature search

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.

Compulsory assignment:

  • The compulsory written assignment is valid only for two academic years.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

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 2021
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2021-06-13

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 A





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Home examination 100/100 A





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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