NEVR3001 - Fundamental Neuroscience


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

The course will introduce the student to key molecular, cellular, and electrophysiological mechanisms relevant to central nervous system organization, structure and function. These include fundamental biology of the neuron, membrane biophysics, synaptic transmission and neuroplasticity, as well as molecular genetic tools and electrophysiology methods for the study of neural networks and circuits.

As part of the course, the students will work in groups to write a short 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 passed/failed. The student must pass the project assignment before (s)he can take the exam.

Learning outcome

After completing and passing the course NEVR3001 the student 1) has in-depth insight of basic cell biology of the neuron; has insight of basic neuroplasticity mechanisms in the context of brain structure and function 2) understands how advanced molecular genetic and electrophysiology methods and techniques can be applied in the study of neural systems; 3) can search relevant sources of information to acquire literacy in basic neuroscience; 4) can formulate a research question based on adequate insight into current knowledge; 5) can report outcomes of research in a coherent oral and written report.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, team-based learning (TBL), group-based case work/discussions, and a short, written group assignment based on a literature search of a relevant topic. The course is taught in the autumn semester (mid-August to early November) 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

  • Project (essay 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 resit the examination in the spring semester. If few candidates, the resit examination may be conducted as an oral examination.

The compulsory activity is approved for 4 semesters. With approved compulsory activity, the students resit the examination only.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

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

Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain (Bears, Connors, Paradiso); additional material to be announced by each lecturer

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
NEVR3020 7.5 01.09.2008
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2020-06-01

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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


Examination arrangement: Home examination

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

Release 2020-12-02

Submission 2020-12-02

Release 14:00

Submission 18:00

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

Release 2021-05-12

Submission 2021-05-12

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

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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