neu141 - Visual Neuroscience - Physiology and Anatomy (Complete module description)

neu141 - Visual Neuroscience - Physiology and Anatomy (Complete module description)

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Module label Visual Neuroscience - Physiology and Anatomy
Modulkürzel neu141
Credit points 12.0 KP
Workload 360 h
3 SWS Lecture (VO)
Total workload 90 h: 30h contact / 60h background literature reading and preparation for sh
1 SWS Seminar (SE)
Total workload 30h: 10h contact / 20h literature reading and preparation of result presentation
8 SWS Supervised excercise (UE)
Total workload 240h: 200h contact / 40h results analysis, writing of short reports for portfolio
Institute directory Department of Neurosciences
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Background Modules
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Background Modules
  • Master's Programme Molecular Biomedicine (Master) > Background Modules
  • Master's Programme Neuroscience (Master) > Background Modules
Zuständige Personen
  • Greschner, Martin (module responsibility)
  • Greschner, Martin (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Ahlers, Malte (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Dedek, Karin (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Dömer, Patrick (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Basic knowledge of neurobiology
Skills to be acquired in this module

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students

• have basic knowledge of electrophysiological techniques used in neuroscience research
• have acquired first practical skills in some electrophysiological techniques
• have acquired basic skills in data analysis
• have knowledge on retinal physiology and anatomy of the visual system
• have basic knowledge of brain structures and their function
• have profound knowledge of the architecture and circuits of the vertebrate retina
• have aquired basic skills in histological techniques (tissue fixation, embedding, sectioning,
staining procedures, immunohistochemistry)
• have aquired fundamental skills in microscopy (differential interference contrast microscopy,
phase-contrast microscopy, confocal microscopy)
Module contents
The background module Neurophysiology consists of two weeks of theoretical introduction and two weeks of hands-on lab exercises in patch or extracellular recordings and two weeks of hands-on lab exercises in anatomy.

The seminars cover the following topics:
• Visual system
• Introduction to electrophysiological methods
• Introduction into methods used in neuranatomy and neurochemistry
• Introduction into microscopy and image analysis
• Presentation and discussion of results relating to the literature
Course scripts and mandatory scientific literature 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, first half (full time)
Module capacity 12 - with Visual Neuroscience: Anatomy (
Shared course components with (cannot be credited twice):
neu151 BM Visual Neuroscience: Anatomy
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
Seminar 2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
Exercises 2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 84 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
during the course (summer semester, first half)
In addition, mandatory but ungraded: seminar presentation