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neu241 - Computational Neuroscience - Introduction (Vollständige Modulbeschreibung)
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Modulbezeichnung Computational Neuroscience - Introduction
Modulkürzel neu241
Kreditpunkte 12.0 KP
Workload 360 h

360 h

2 SWS Lecture
Total workload 60h: 30h contact/30h individual revision of lecture contents, test preparation

1 SWS Seminar
Total workload 45h: 15h contact/30h individual reading and test preparation

10.5 SWS Supervised exercise
Total workload 255h: 145h contact/110h individual work on portfolio tasks (programming, interpretation of simulation results)

Einrichtungsverzeichnis Department für Neurowissenschaften
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master Neuroscience (Master) > Background Modules
Zuständige Personen
Kretzberg, Jutta (Modulverantwortung)
Kretzberg, Jutta (Modulberatung)
Kretzberg, Jutta (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Greschner, Martin (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Ashida, Go (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Programming experience in Matlab (e.g. acquired by a 6 ECTS programming course)
++ Neurosci. knowlg.
+ Scient. Literature
+ Social skills
++ Interdiscipl. knowlg
++ Maths/Stats/Progr.
+ Data present./disc.

+ Scientific EnglishUpon successful completion of this course, students
• are able to implement and apply algorithms in Matlab
• have learned to handle scientific data independently
• have acquired theoretical and practical knowledge of advanced data analyis techniques
• know about computational model approaches on different levels of abstraction
• know how to perform model simulations for single cells and small neuronal networks
• can interpret simulation results in a neuroscientific context

This course consists of six weeks with different topics, which are introduced in lectures, discussed in depth using selected literature in the seminar and consolidated in computer-based hands-on exercises (in Matlab). Portfolio tasks, mainly interpretation of programming results are given every day.

Weeks 1 and 2: Spike train analysis
response tuning, spike triggered average, receptive fields, linear-nonlinear model, spike correlation, linear reconstruction, classification

Weeks 3 and 4: Neuron models
Conductance-based single cell models using differerential equations (passive membrane equation, integrate and fire, Hodgkin Huxley, alpha synapses)

Weeks 5 and 6: Small network models
Feed-forward and feed-back networks, lateral inhibition, central pattern generator, spike-timing dependent plasticity, multi-compartment models


Skripts for each course day will be provided prior to / during the course

Copies of scientific articles for the seminar and as basis for portfolio assignments will be provided prior to the course

Recommended textbooks or other literature:
Dayan / Abbott: Theoretical Neuroscience: Computational and Mathematical Modeling of Neural
Systems. MIT Press (More text book chapters will be suggested prior to the course).

Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Dauer in Semestern 1 Semester
Angebotsrhythmus Modul annually
Aufnahmekapazität Modul 18 (

Registration procedure / selection criteria: StudIP; sequence of registration, attandance in pre-meeting

Recommended in combination with:
neu770 Neuroscientific data analysis in Matlab (prior to the course)
neu250 Computational Neuroscience - Statistical Learning (after the course)

Modullevel / module level
Modulart / typ of module Pflicht o. Wahlpflicht / compulsory or optional
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method Master of Science: Neuroscience
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge Programming experience, preferably in Matlab (e.g. acquired by a 6 ECTS programming course)
Lehrveranstaltungsform Kommentar SWS Angebotsrhythmus Workload Präsenz
2 WiSe 28
1 WiSe 14
10 WiSe 147
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 189 h
Prüfung Prüfungszeiten Prüfungsform
during the course
Portfolio, consisting of daily short tests, programming exercises, short reports