NEVR3040 - Private Study of Neuroscience 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oral examination 100/100 30 minutes

Course content

The course is meant to solidify the students knowledge of a particular topic pertaining to the biological foundation of behaviour and cognition. They are expected to assemble the relevant literature (list of 20-25 sources, including scientific articles, reviews and/or book chapters) and give an informed lecture on a topic. These could range from, but are not limited to, the neural mechanisms of sleep, motivation, learning and memory, language, attention, perception, or emotions. Other topics may include disease themes (e.g. stroke, dementia); a critical review of new developments in neuroscience methodologies (new techniques, etc.); computational themes, e.g. neuroinformatics, applied statistics, network models of brain function. Additional topics are welcome but must be approved by the course administrator.
For the exam the student will to deliver a ca. 30 minute lecture, leaving ca. 45 minutes for a post-lecture discussion with the examiners. The lecture should NOT be an open-ended survey of literature, but instead focus on a particular theme or debate within a sub-field of current neuroscience. The discussion will provide an informal opportunity to answer questions related to the lecture and to the field of neuroscience in general.

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student: 1) can give an up-to-date oral presentation of any topic in neuroscience by reading relevant literature; 2) can understand and discuss scientific papers in neuroscience, be critical and constructive, and be able to suggest alternative experiments; 3) has sufficient knowledge to answer broader questions in neuroscience without reading books or papers first.

Learning methods and activities

Private study. Students are advised to follow a selection of the lectures given in NEVR3003 and NEVR3004. The language of examination is English.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Neuroscience (MNEVRO)
Neuroscience (MSNEUR)

Required previous knowledge

Admission requirements: The student should be enrolled in Master of Science in Neuroscience, Master of Science in Molecular Medicine or Medical students on Student Research Programme. Candidates not enrolled (e.g. from Dept. of Mathematics) can be assessed individually by the course coordinator.

Course materials

The student selects the appropriate reading list together with a supervisor, which should be comparable in breadth to one or a few lectures from the master’s level courses. The reading list shall contain 20-25 papers and must be approved by the course coordinator.

After the deadline for course registration is passed, the student will be contacted by an administrator providing information on submission of reading list and the exam date.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
NEVR3050 7.5 01.09.2008
More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Neuroscience
  • Medicine
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience



Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

More on examinations at NTNU