NEVR3040 - Private Study of Neuroscience 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The course is meant to deepen the student’s knowledge of a particular topic pertaining to the biological foundation of behaviour and cognition. They are expected to assemble a list of relevant literature (from ~20 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.

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. The student selects the appropriate reading list (if needed they can do this with their supervisor). Private study. Students in the MSc Neuroscience program can gauge the target breadth by referring to lectures given in one of the master’s level courses in the MSc Neuroscience program (NEVR3001, NEVR3002, NEVR3003, NEVR3004). The language of examination is English.

  1. The reading list shall contain approximately 20 papers (not less than 18, not more than 21) and must be approved by the course coordinator.
  2. In the reading list, the student will include a short (one sentence) statement under each paper describing the relevance of that paper to the topic.
  3. The student delivers a 30-minute presentation followed by an open discussion on the topic, usually lasting 15 minutes.

Further on evaluation

The exam is in the form of a presentation, where the student delivers a 30-minute lecture, leaving 15 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.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

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 themselves or with their advisor.

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.

The topics may be based on the students own preferences, as long as the presentation topic is approved by the course coordinator.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
NEVR3050 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

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Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

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Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

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Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

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 Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 INSPERA
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.

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