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neu350 - Biological Foundations of Neuroscience (Complete module description)
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Module label Biological Foundations of Neuroscience
Module abbreviation neu350
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Total workload 90 h: 28 h contact / 14 h tutorial / 48 h self-study and preparation for exam
Total workload 90 h: 28 h contact / 62 h self-study and preparation for exam
Institute directory Department of Neurosciences
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Neuroscience (Master) > Background Modules
Responsible persons
  • Puller, Christian (module responsibility)
  • Koch, Karl-Wilhelm (authorised to take exams)
  • Neidhardt, John (authorised to take exams)
  • Hartmann, Anna-Maria (authorised to take exams)
  • Klump, Georg Martin (authorised to take exams)
  • Greschner, Martin (authorised to take exams)
  • Owczarek-Lipska, Marta (authorised to take exams)
Recommended in combination with "Research Techniques in Neuroscience"
Skills to be acquired in this module
Upon successful completion of this course, students have acquired basic knowledge of fundamental principles of neurobiology. The aim of this background module is to provide a solid biological knowledge base required for studying advanced neuroscientific topics. It is designed in particular, but not exclusively, for students joining the local M.Sc. Neuroscience program from previous study paths with little (neuro)biological background.

++ Neurosci. knowlg.
+ Scient. Literature
+ Social skills
+ Interdiscipl. knowlg.
+ Scientific English
Module contents
The background module consists of a lecture series and an associated seminar.

The following topics are covered:
• Biochemistry
• Genetics
• Electrophysiology
• Cell biology
• Systems Neuroscience
Recommended reading
Neuroscience, newest edition; Purves; Sinauer Accociates
Stryer Biochemistry and Alberts et al. Molecular Biology of the Cell, several editions
Molecular Biology of the Gene, Watson (Pearson Verlag)
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency annually
Module capacity unlimited
Type of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Type of course Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
Seminar 2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
Total module attendance time 56 h
Examination Examination times Type of examination
Final exam of module
at the end of the course