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neu350 - Biological Foundations of Neuroscience (Complete module description)
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Module label Biological Foundations of Neuroscience
Module code 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)
Puller, Christian (Authorized examiners)
Koch, Karl-Wilhelm (Authorized examiners)
Neidhardt, John (Authorized examiners)
Hartmann, Anna-Maria (Authorized examiners)
Greschner, Martin (Authorized examiners)
Klump, Georg Martin (Authorized examiners)
Owczarek-Lipska, Marta (Authorized examiners)
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
Reader's advisory
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)
Languages of instruction
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency annually
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
2 SuSe or WiSe 28
2 SuSe or WiSe 28
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
at the end of the course