NEVR3002 - Sensory and Motor 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 4 hours

Course content

The course is divided into a sensory part and a motor part. The sensory part describes the signalling events of animal sensory systems, including detection and transduction of signal, as well as propagation, processing and coding of these signals in the peripheral- and the central nervous system. The motor part describes the signaling events of animal motor systems, including planning and execution of movement. Throughout the course, we will discuss pathological conditions whereby dysfunction in specific neuronal circuits leads to perceptual deficits and/or movement disorders. Basic principles of neuroanatomy and neurodevelopment will be discussed. Finally, we will describe current electrophysiological and imaging techniques and illustrate how these techniques can be used to study sensory and motor neuroscience.

The course involves writing an essay, usually under supervision. Topics for the essays are related to the content of the course. The project is evaluated as passed/failed.

Learning outcome

Provide a comprehensive understanding of sensory and motor systems including prevailing concepts on systems-level organization and neural signal mechanisms.

After taking and passing NEVR3002 the candidate should be able to:
* exhibit a comprehensive understanding of sensory and motor systems.
* demonstrate specialized knowledge of concepts on systems-level organization.
* communicate a thorough understanding of the neural signal mechanisms underlying sensorimotor processing of all modalities.
* apply critical thinking to understanding dysfunction and diseases involving sensory and motor systems.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and supervised project (i.e., compulsory essay). The course is taught in the autumn semester. The language of teaching and examination is English. This course has restricted admission. Students admitted to the MSc in Neuroscience are guaranteed a seat. Other students must apply for a seat by the given deadlines. 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 assignments

  • Project (essay based on literature search)

Further on evaluation

Obligatory assignment:

The student must pass the project assignment before (s)he can take the exam. Passed assignment is valid only for two academic years.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Course materials

We recommend the Bear, Connors, & Paradiso textbook Neurosciece: Exploring the Brain (available at NTNU library). Additional reading materials may be announced by individual lecturers.

More on the course



Version: 3
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Neuroscience
  • Biology
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

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 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 2020-12-11

Submission 2020-12-11

Release 13:00

Submission 17:00

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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