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Course BIO-HUM-07-K-5

Neural Function (S, 3.0 LP)

Course Type

SWS Type Course Form CP (Effort) Presence-Time / Self-Study
- S Reading course 3.0 CP 16 h 74 h
(S) 3.0 CP 16 h 74 h


CP, Effort 3.0 CP = 90 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in WiSe
Level [5] Master (Entry Level)
Language [EN] English
Area of study [BIO-HUM] Human Biology and Human Genetics
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active

Possible Study achievement

  • Verification of study performance: continuous and active participation in the courses
  • Details of the examination (type, duration, criteria) will be announced at the beginning of the course.


− The students will hear introductory and summary lectures, read research and review papers, and discuss together and with the teacher the following topics: Neural Function: Neuronal morphology, intraneuronal sorting, Neurotransmitter release, Modulation of synaptic transmission; Molecular basis of Neurodegenerative Diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson Disease, Morbus Huntington, …

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Professional competence:

− Overview of neuronal structure and synaptic transmission, which is central for understanding of brain function and behavior.

− Understanding the molecular basis of human diseases and to evaluate them critically.

− Gaining the ability to extending these concepts to other related diseases.

− Learn to develop novel pharmacological strategies.

− Reading and interpreting current research papers and reviews about this topic, and understanding methodological approaches used.

Methodological competence: ---

Social competence:

− Learning to discuss scientific issues with other students and the teacher and explaining complex concepts.

− Learning to simplify complicated topics and ideas and to identify their key aspects.


− Acquirement of scientific knowledge by self-responsible reading of English research literature, and identifying points that require further explanation.

− Critical evaluation of current research data.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

On successfully completing the module students will be able to…

− improve their knowledge in the field of molecular mechanisms of neuronal function and human neurodegenerative diseases.

− read and understand specialist English literature (research papers and reviews).

− summarize and discuss orally research papers.


E. Kandel: Principles of Neuroscience, 5th edition, Part II and III;

L. Luo: Principles of Neurobiology;

Original literature will be provided at or prior to the beginning of the course


Will be provided at or prior to the beginning of the course

Requirements for attendance (informal)

Bachelor-grade knowledge in molecular biology, genetics, animal physiology, neurobiology

Requirements for attendance (formal)

Admission to the Master Program ‘Biology’

References to Course [BIO-HUM-07-K-5]

Course-Pool Name
[BIO-LR_all-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course - all
[BIO-LR_Neuro-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course: Neuro