NEVR3004 - Neural Networks


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Neural data analysis and network models of brain functions are the primary focus of this course. We will review current computational models and how these models continue to develop together with experiments to further our understanding of the brain. The lectures will include the following topics:
1. Principles of single neuron models: from point neurons to Hudgkin-Huxley
2. Network models of memory: Hopfield Network, Attractor Networks of Spiking neurons, Balanced Networks
3. Models of grid cells: Continuous attractor models and single neuron models
4. Neural Coding: Information theory, role of correlated activity
The course involves writing an essay based on one of the topics covered in the course, or a topic agreed with the course coordinator. The essay must be written in the style of an academic article, reviewing the chosen topic, its historical development in relation to experiments, and also discussing at least one result (from published literature) related to the topic but not covered in the course.

The essays are due at the end of the course. The essay will be evaluated as pass/fail. The grade for the course will be determined from a written exam.

Learning outcome

After successfully passing the course, the student will be able to
• understand the role of quantitative approaches to neural data analysis and neural modelling.
• think critically about theories and outstanding issues in the field of theoretical neurosciences.
• approach relevant methods and theories that are useful for his/her field of research.
• understand the relationship between major theoretical concepts in neuroscience and experimental data.
• grasp the historical steps taken for the development of major themes in theoretical

Learning methods and activities

The course is taught in the second half of the spring semester. The language of teaching and evaluation 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.

The course will consist of a set of lectures and a teacher assistant will be available during the semester at times to be determined together with the students.

In addition to the final exam an essay on one aspect of the course (of the students choosing) must be submitted.

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

  • Essay

Further on evaluation

Obligatory assignment: Essay.
Passed essay is a requirement for the students to take the final written exam. Approved obligatory assignment essay is valid for four semesters.

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

To be announced.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
NEVR3030 7.5
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2020-12-01

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Biology
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Informatics
  • 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 *
Autumn UTS Written examination 100/100 D 2020-11-27 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 D 2021-05-28 14:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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