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neu340 - Invertebrate Neuroscience (Complete module description)
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Module label Invertebrate Neuroscience
Module code neu340
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
1 SWS Seminar (SE) Total workload 45h: 15h contact / 30h background literature reading, preparation for short tests and results presentation 3 SWS Supervised exercise (UE) Total workload 135h: 70h contact / 65h data analysis and preparation of portfolio assignments
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) >
Contact person
Module responsibility
Authorized examiners
Entry requirements
attendance in pre-meeting
Skills to be acquired in this module

++ Neurosci. knowlg.
++ Expt. Methods
+ Scient. Literature
+ Social skills
+ Maths/Stats/Progr.
+ Data present./disc.
+ Scientific English
+ Ethics

Upon successful completion of this course, students
• have knowledge on invertebrate neuronal systems in comparison to vertebrate systems
• have discussed an overview of experimental and theoretical methods of invertebrate neuroscience
• have acquired first practical skills in intracellular recordings from invertebrate neurons
• have acquired basic skills in data analysis
• have acquired an intuitive understanding of membrane potential and action potential generation based on computer simulations
Module contents
The background module Neurophysiology consists of three weeks of seminar and hands-on lab exercises on intracellular recordings from leech neurons, as well as computer simulations to study the basis of membrane potential and action potential generation. The seminar covers the following topics: • Invertebrate neuronal systems in comparison to vertebrate systems • Ion channels, membrane potential and action potential generation • Introduction to electrophysiological methods • Introduction to data analysis methods In the practical exercises, portfolio assignments will be performed on: • Qualitative electrophysiological classification of different cell types in the leech nervous system • Quantitative analysis (stimulus - response relationship) of at least one cell type • Action potential generation: Comparison of model simulations and experiments
Reader's advisory
Course scripts and mandatory scientific literature (3 review articles) discussed in the seminar will be available in Stud.IP
Background and seminar literature will be available in Stud.IP
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency annually, summer term, second half
Module capacity 12 (
this module provides the background for neu345 "Neural Computation in invertebrate systems"
Modullevel MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lern-/Lehrform / Type of program
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge basic knowledge of neurobiology, basic MATLAB programming skills
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload attendance
Seminar 2.00 SuSe or WiSe 28 h
Exercises 2.00 SuSe or WiSe 28 h
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
during the course (summer term, second half)
Portfolio consisting of short tests and short reports In addition, mandatory but ungraded: seminar presentation