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neu345 - Neural Computation in Invertebrate Systems (Complete module description)
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Module label Neural Computation in Invertebrate Systems
Module abbreviation neu345
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h

2 SWS Seminar
Total workload 72 h: 28 h contact / 15 h background literature reading, 14 h online science communication workshop, 15 h preparation for the presentation of results as scientific poster

3 SWS Supervised exercise
Total workload 108 h: 42 h contact / 66 h independent lab-work, self-organized team work, data analysis, and preparation of results figures and texts)

Institute directory Department of Neurosciences
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Neuroscience (Master) > Background Modules
Responsible persons
  • Kretzberg, Jutta (module responsibility)
  • Kretzberg, Jutta (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Albert, Jörg (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Ashida, Go (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Skills to be acquired in this module

Upon successful completion of this course, students

  • have planned and conducted a small, self-defined and self-organized project in a team
  • have knowledge on an invertebrate neuronal system
  • have knowledge on neural coding and corresponding data analysis techniques
  • have acquired skills in data analysis and / or experimental techniques and / or modeling
  • are able to critically evaluate and discuss experimental results
  • have prepared and presented a scientific poster

+ Neurosci. knowlg.

+ Expt. Methods

++ Independent research

+ Scient. Literature

++ Social Skills

+ Maths/Stats/Progr.

++ Data present./disc.

+ Scientific English

+ Ethics

Module contents

This module builds up on the knowledge and methods acquired in the module neu340 Invertebrate Neuroscience.

In the seminar, the knowledge on invertebrate systems and neural coding in general is deepened based on scientific literature.

In the practical exercise of the module, students can choose one topic from a range of different research questions on computation in the leech nervous system (e.g. comparison of different cell types, electrical and chemical synaptic connections, exact measurement of spike threshold, phase locking). Small groups (2-3) of students plan, perform, and analyze experiments (intracellular recordings) or model simulations (model framework will be provided or can be self-written based on module neu241 computational neuroscience - Introduction) to tackle their topic. The portfolio consists of assignments covering the planning, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of the results with feedback given during the course on each project stage.

Recommended reading
Course scripts and background and seminar literature will be available in Stud.IP. Scientific literature discussed in the seminar depends on the project topics.
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency
Module capacity 12 (but only 6 for experimental projects)
Module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Type of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Teaching/Learning method
Previous knowledge neu 340 invertebrate neuroscience
Type of course Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Seminar 2 SoSe 28
Exercises 3 SoSe 42
Total module attendance time 70 h
Examination Examination times Type of examination
Final exam of module
During the course (summer term, second half)
Portfolio constisting of project plan, scientific poster, poster presentation