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neu790 - Communicating Neuroscience (Complete module description)
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Module label Communicating Neuroscience
Module code neu790
Credit points 3.0 KP
Workload 90 h
28 h contact / 62 h individual reading and preparing discussion questions
Faculty/Institute Department of Neurosciences
Used in course of study
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) >
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) >
  • Master's Programme Neuroscience (Master) >
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Entry requirements
Skills to be acquired in this module
+ Neurosci. knowlg.
+ Independent research
++ Scient. Literature
++ Social skills
+ Interdiscipl. knowlg.
++ Data present./disc.
+ Scientific English
++ Ethics

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have thought about and discussed in depth scientific, social and ethical aspects of neuroscience.

Critical reading of neuroscience literature:

identify article type and audience
summarize scientific contents
identify strengths and weaknesses of methods, conclusions etc.
put into scientific context
discuss manuscript style
discuss social and ethical context and implications of the study

Critical discussion of own studies:

present own results in a way that is appropriate for the target audience
put own studies into the context of scientific literature
acquire additional knowledge about a broader field of research
Module contents
The overall goal of critical discussion of neuroscientific results in a scientific, social and ethical context can be achieved by different options: - Option 1: Seminar 'Neuroscience Journal Club': All students read and discuss 12 published papers (one each weak). Different fields of neuroscience (e.g. molecular, cellular, behavioral, computational) will be covered with one classical and one recent paper each. Papers and questions about each paper will be provided prior to the start of the seminar. Students prepare answers to these questions independently and discuss their answers during the seminar. The module is passed when a student acitvely participated in the discussion of at least 10 papers. - Option 2: Written report on a neuroscientific topic of the student's choice, based on scientific literature, e.g. in the context of an independent student study group. The report should discuss scientific results in a scientific and a social / ethical context. - Option 3: Active participation in a scientific conference, workshop, summer school etc: Participation in a scientific conference, workshop, summer school etc. lasting a minimum of 3 full days can be credited with 3 ECTS, if the student presents own scientific results (poster, talk) obtained, e.g., in a research module or Master thesis. - Option 4: Participation in at least 20 scientific presentations (e.g. IBU / DfN colloquium, Hanse lecture neuroscience) and submission of a short (1 page) written summary of each talk. - For other individual options (e.g. teaching in neuroscience) ask the module organizer.
Reader's advisory
Option 1 (seminar): List of 12 published papers will be provided prior to the course. All students are required to read at least 10 of those.
Other options: dependent on the scientific topic

Background neuroscience textbooks, e.g.:
Galizia, Lledo ‘Neuroscience – From Molecule to Behavior’, 2013, Springer
Nicholls et al. ‘From Neuron to Brain’, 5th edition 2012, Sinauer
Kandel et al. 'Principles of Neural Science', 5th Edition 2013, McGraw-Hill Comp.
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency every semester (seminar during winter semester, other option any time)
Module capacity 20 (for option 1) (
Registration procedure / selection criteria: StudIP
Modullevel MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lern-/Lehrform / Type of program
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
none (only pass / fail) depend on the option chosen (see Module content)
Course type Seminar
SWS 2.00
Frequency SuSe and WiSe
Workload attendance 28 h