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NEVR3050 - Private Study of Neuroscience 2

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Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100 40 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 and should be pursued by students wishing to delve especially deep into a selected topic (deeper and broader in scope than NEVR3040). They are to assemble the relevant literature (list of ~25 sources, including scientific articles, reviews and/or book chapters) and give an informed lecture on an approved 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 NEVR3050 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 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 student can, for example, follow a selection of the lectures in these courses, but NEVR3050 requires a more in-depth understanding of the topics than the courses, as well as NEVR3040. The language of examination is English.

  1. The reading list shall contain approximately 25 papers (not less than 24, not more than 30) 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 40-minute presentation followed by an open discussion on the topic, usually lasting 15 minutes.

Further on evaluation

For the exam the student will have to deliver a 40-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.

The language of examination is English.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
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 30-35 papers depending on the extent, 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
NEVR3040 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
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Facts

Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level

Coursework

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

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Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Neuroscience
  • Biology
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience

Examination

Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 2021-12-14 09:00 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.
Examination

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