NEVR3002 - Sensory and Motor Neuroscience


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home Exam
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

The course is divided into a sensory part and a motor part. The sensory part describes the signaling 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 also be discussed. Finally, we will discuss current techniques used to study sensory and motor neuroscience.

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 passed/failed. Students must pass the written assignment before taking the exam.

Learning outcome

After completing and passing the NEVR3002 course, students should be able to:

  1. exhibit a comprehensive understanding of sensory and motor systems;
  2. demonstrate specialized knowledge of concepts on systems-level organization;
  3. communicate a thorough understanding of the neural signaling mechanisms underlying sensorimotor processing of all modalities;
  4. apply critical thinking to understanding dysfunction and diseases involving sensory and motor systems.

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

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

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, 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 seat. Other students must apply for a seat 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 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

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.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

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: Home Exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home Exam (1) 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Home Exam 100/100





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.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

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