Course catalogue doctoral education - VT24

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Title Basic Human Neuroscience
Course number 3220
Programme Neuroscience
Language English
Credits 10.0
Notes Suitable for doctoral students without medical education at university level.

Date 2023-11-27 -- 2024-01-12
Responsible KI department Department of Neuroscience
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The purpose of this course is to provide students without a previous education in biomedicine/medicine knowledge in basic human neuroscience equivalent to that of the medical programme. It will satisfy the requirement for a course providing a grounding in human biology/physiology and/or pathology.
Intended learning outcomes After the course, the doctoral student shall have obtained a thorough knowledge about the human nervous system that includes the following: 1) Macro- and microscopic organization and development of the nervous system; 2) Cellular neurobiology including signaling in the nervous system; 3) Structure and function of sensory systems underlying vision, somatosensation and pain, hearing and balance, smell and taste; 4) Structure and function of motor systems underlying the planning, initiation and regulation of movements. 5) Higher central nervous system functions including neuropsychology and regulation of behavior.
Contents of the course The course will follow the curriculum of the Neuroscience course for medical students. The content consists of lectures, seminars and practicals that provide knowledge and understanding of nervous system organization and development, cellular neurobiology, sensory and motor functions, and higher nervous system functions.
Teaching and learning activities Lectures, laboratory practicals, oral exam seminars, and neuroanatomy and neurohistology workshops.
Compulsory elements The three oral exam seminars, the practical test in neuroanatomy and the final exam.
Examination Three formative oral exam seminars, one formative practical test in neuroanatomy, and a final summative written exam.
Literature and other teaching material Mandatory literature: Neuroscience by D. Purves et al, 6th edition, Sinauer, Sunderland, USA.
Number of students 1 - 6
Selection of students Doctoral students that work in a neuroscience-related project but lack a basic education in biomedicine/medicine will get priority. The start date of doctoral studies will also be considered.
More information The course is given in parallel with the neuroscience course in the bachelor biomedicine programme. All teaching activities will take place in Solna Campus. To obtain a detailed schedule send an e-mail to The course will meet the requirement for a course providing the grounding in human biology/physiology and/or pathology, but cannot be counted as a project specific course.
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Course responsible Lennart Brodin
Department of Neuroscience
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