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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
Faculty/Institute Department of Neurosciences
Used in course of study
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Background Modules
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Background Modules
  • Master's Programme Neuroscience (Master) > Background Modules
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Module responsibility
Authorized examiners
Entry requirements
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
Required reading:
About 20 selected original papers (selection varies)

Recommended textbook(s) or other literature:
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 (
Recommended in combination with:
BM neu211 "Neurosensory Science and Behaviour"
or BM neu270 "Neurocognition and Psychophysics"
or skills module biox "Current Topics in Hearing Science"
Modullevel MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lern-/Lehrform / Type of program
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge Basics of Neurosensory Science and Behavioural Biology
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload attendance
Lecture 2.00 SuSe 28 h
Seminar 2.00 SuSe 28 h
Exercises 2.00 SuSe 28 h
Total time of attendance for the module 84 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
within a few weeks of the end of summer term lecture period