NEVR8009 - Cellular and Networks Neuroscience


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral exam
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam 100/100 20 minutes A

Course content

The course in interdisciplinary and builds upon and and considerably expands on key topics taught in the MSc Neuroscience courses NEVR3001-3004. Major topics are brain neuroplasticity, including neural network organization, synaptic and axonal plasticity, Hebbian and homeostatic mechanisms, neural coding, biological and synthetic neural networks, as well as mechanisms behind functional units such as receptive fields, and explanatory models of sensory perception.

Elementary neuroscientific topics and topics relevant to protein biochemistry and genetics will not be accepted for NEVR8009.

Learning outcome

After completing and passing the course, students will be able to 1) demonstrate substantial insight into a core topic within cellular and networks neuroscience; 2) formulate well-defined research questions and hypotheses relevant to the chosen topic, which may constitute the basis for planning and implementing relevant studies; 3) communicate the above in a succinct manner in the form of a brief (max 2 pages) research proposal outline; 4) engage in a scientific discussion and demonstrate critical thinking and ability to formulate scientific arguments; 5) obtain insight into the fundamentals of research proposal writing, and start developing relevant skills required to communicate research ideas to future collaborators and/or funding bodies.

Learning methods and activities

Individual study that must be approved by the the course leader and main supervisor.

Compulsory assignments

  • Research proposal

Further on evaluation

Oral and written (home assignment). The student will be assessed based on a 2-page research proposal, and a 20-minute of the proposal with a committee consisting of the course leader and an external examiner. The grade is pass/fail.

Required previous knowledge

The student must be enrolled in a PhD program in Medicine or be a medical student enrolled in the Student Research Programme. Candidates not yet enrolled, or external doctoral students working in neuroscience, can be assessed individually.

Course materials

There are no formal lectures. The student selects a proposed topic (research question) and presents this to the course leader. It is recommended that the area of choice must be broader than the student's current research project. Pending preliminary approval of the topic by the course leader, the student then selects appropriate material equivalent to ten credits (500 pages) and compiles a reading list (including author, title of article/chapter, year of publication, and number of pages). This list must be approved by the student´s supervisor before being submitted to the course leader for final approval. The course leader may request changes to the list/sub-topics to ensure conformity with the scope of the course before approval. Once the topic has been approved, the course leader will provide guidance as to how the student should apply the knowledge obtained from the self-study of the chosen material to formulate a short research proposal.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science


Examination arrangement: Oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral exam 100/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral exam 100/100 A
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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