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neu290 - Biophysics of Sensory Reception (Complete module description)
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Module label Biophysics of Sensory Reception
Modulkürzel neu290
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
2 SWS Lecture (VO) Total workload 90h: 30h contact / 60 h individual reading 2 SWS Seminar (SE) Total workload 90h: 30 h contact / 60h individual reading
Institute directory Department of Neurosciences
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Background Modules
  • Master's Programme Neuroscience (Master) > Background Modules
Zuständige Personen
  • Winklhofer, Michael (Module responsibility)
  • Winklhofer, Michael (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Winklhofer, Michael (Module counselling)
Recommended previous knowledge/skills: cell biology of neurons
Skills to be acquired in this module

++ Neurosci. knowlg.
+ Independent research
+ Scient. Literature
++ Interdiscipl. knowlg.
+ Data present./disc.
  • to gain a general understanding of sensory reception
  • to acquire specific knowledge of sensory reception at the molecular and cellular level,
with focus on the relationship between structure and function of sensory molecules
  • to be able to perform simple quantitative assessments of detection sensitivity to physical stimuli
  • to understand common features in transduction pathways among various senses
Module contents
General aspects of sensory reception and signal transduction: adequate stimulus, threshold sensitivity and signal-to-noise limitations, activation of receptor proteins Evolutionary and ecological aspects of sensory reception The senses: Chemoreception in the gustatory cells and olfactory sensory neurons Thermoreception in the skin Infrared reception in the pit organ Mechanoreception - auditory hair cells, somatosensory neurons in the skin, lateral line, proprioceptors, baroceptors Photoreception - ciliary and rhabdomeric photoreceptor cells; Electroreception in Lorenzini ampullae of elasmobranch fish and in tuberous receptors of mormyrid fish; derived electroreceptors in acquatic mammals Magnetoreception - candidate structural correlates of magnetoreceptors
Required reading:
The reading list will be updated on an annual basis to include new developments. The current reading list can be found on StudIP.

Recommended textbook(s) or other literature:
e.g., Kaupp (2010) Nat. Rev. Neurosc. 11:188-200; Palkar et al. (2015) Curr. Opinion Neurobiol. 34:14-19; Pan & Holt (2015) Curr. Opinion Neurobiol. 34:165-171; Lumpkin & Caterina (2007) Nature 445: 858-865; Lamb (2013) Progr. Retinal Eye Res. 36: 52e119; Progress in Retinal and Eye Research 20: 49-94; Baker et al. (2013) J. Exp. Biol. 216:2515-2522; Czech-Damal et al (2013) J. Comp. Physiol. 199:555-563; Hore & Mouritsen (2016) Ann. Rev. Biophys. 45: 299–344; Julius & Nathans (2012) Cold Spring Harbour Perspect Biol 2012;4:a005991;
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency annually, summer term, second half
Module capacity 20
Modullevel / module level ---
Modulart / typ of module je nach Studiengang Pflicht oder Wahlpflicht
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge cell biology of neurons
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 SoSe 28
Seminar 2 SoSe 28
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 56 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
appr. one week after the last lecture
Type of examination: written exam (75%), presentation in the seminar (25%) In addition, mandatory but ungraded: presentation on seminar