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neu360 - Auditory Neuroscience (Complete module description)
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Module label Auditory Neuroscience
Module code neu360
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
1 SWS Lecture (VO)
Total workload 45h: 14 h contact / 31 h background reading

1 SWS Seminar (SE)
Total workload 45h: 14 h contact / 15 h background reading / 16 h preparation and presentation

2 SWS Supervised excercise (UE)
Total workload 90h: 10 h contact / 20 h literature search / 60 h work on essay paper
Institute directory Department of Neurosciences
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Background Modules
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Background Modules
  • Master's Programme Neuroscience (Master) > Background Modules
Responsible persons
Köppl, Christine (Module responsibility)
Klump, Georg Martin (Authorized examiners)
Köppl, Christine (Authorized examiners)
Recommended previous knowledge/skills: Basics of Neurosensory Science and Behavioural Biology
Skills to be acquired in this module
++ Neurosci. knowlg
+ Expt. methods
++ Scient. Literature
+ Social skills
++ Interdiscipl. knowlg
++ Data present./disc.
++ Scientific English
+ Ethics

Introduction to Auditory Physiology. May serve as preparation for a Research Module in this area.

Upon successful completion of this course, students
  • have profound knowledge on auditory sensory processing at several levels (including cochlear transduction mechanisms, central auditory processing) 
  • have basic knowledge of the large range of techniques used in auditory research
  • are able to read and critically report to others on an original research paper in auditory neuroscience
  • are able to research and review a specific topic in auditory neuroscience
Module contents
One week introductory block course, comprised of a lecture series and matching seminar that emphasizes discussion.
Hair cells: structure, transduction mechanism, receptor potential, synaptic transmission
Basilar papilla / cochlea: structure, micromechanics, amplification; otoacoustic emissions
Auditory nerve: phase locking, rate coding. Excitation patterns
Ascending auditory pathways: wiring, principles of excitation/inhibition, examples of cellular/molecular specialisations
Sound localisation in birds and mammals
Central auditory processing: imaging techniques, auditory streams, cortex, primates
Relation between psychophysics and neurophysiology

The introductory block is followed by a supervised literature search and individually written term paper on a specific topic in auditory neuroscience.
Reader's advisory
About 20 selected original papers (selection varies)
Pickles JO (2012) An Introduction to the Physiology of Hearing. Brill, Netherlands
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency annually, summer term, second half
Module capacity 15 (
BM neu211 "Neurosensory Science and Behaviour" 
or BM neu270 "Neurocognition and Psychophysics" 
or skills module biox "Current Topics in Hearing Science" 
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Registration procedure / selection criteria: StudIP, final acceptance after assignment of seminar presentation
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge Basics of Neurosensory Science and Behavioural Biology
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
1 SuSe 14
1 SuSe 14
2 SuSe 28
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
within a few weeks of the end of summer term lecture period