NEVR3003 - Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The course provides a thorough introduction to the biological foundation of behaviour and cognition. It focuses on the neural mechanisms for behaviour and cognition, with particular emphasis on learning and memory, sleep, motivation, language, and emotions. The lectures will also address neurological and psychiatric symptoms and disorders, with emphasis on the underlying neural mechanisms.

The course emphasizes scientific literacy and involves writing an essay based on a literature search of a topic. Topics for the essays are related to the content of the course. The project will be given feedback in two rounds and is evaluated as approved/ not approved. The student must pass the project assignment before (s)he can take the exam.

Learning outcome

After completing and passing the course NEVR3003 the student

  • has in-depth insight of the basic concepts of the organization of higher order cortical systems;
  • has insight of the basic structural and functional concepts of the major interactions between subcortical and cortical systems;
  • is capable of describing certain cognitive behavioural processes in terms of contributions of and interactions between numerous brain systems;
  • can acquire and evaluate published information relevant to our understanding of cognitive behaviour;
  • can report outcomes of research in a coherent oral and written report.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and supervised project (essay based on literature search). The course is taught in the first half of the spring semester (normally in February and March), with a final examination at the end of March. 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

  • Written assignment based on literature search

Further on evaluation

Regular final examination is given in the spring 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 autumn semester. If few candidates, the re-sit 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. For more information:

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

Required previous knowledge

Corresponding to the academic requirements for the Master of Science in Neuroscience.

Exchange students may be accepted after individual evaluation.

Course materials

To be announced.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
NEVR3030 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2022-12-01

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Home 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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