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Course BIO-TPH-02-K-5

Neural Plasticity (S, 3.0 LP)

Course Type

SWS Type Course Form CP (Effort) Presence-Time / Self-Study
- S Reading course 3.0 CP 20 h 70 h
(S) 3.0 CP 20 h 70 h


CP, Effort 3.0 CP = 90 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in SuSe
Level [5] Master (Entry Level)
Language [EN] English
Area of study [BIO-TPH] Animal Physiology
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.


− Students will hear introductory lectures, read selected textbook chapters at an advanced level (e.g. Bear/Connors Paradiso: Neuroscience, Exploring the Brain; chapter “Molecular Mechanisms of Learning and Memory”) and reviews as well as original research papers focussing on mechanisms of neural plasticity. Each day, the literature will be discussed amongst the group and with the lecturer.

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Professional competence:

− Overview of the principles underlying several forms neuronal plasticity (habituation, sensitization, classical conditioning, long-term depression, long-term potentiation).

− Students will evaluate, discuss and compare a variety of experimental strategies, model systems and experimental methods used to advance our understanding of the molecular, cellular and microcircuital aspects of neuronal plasticity.

− Topics will be explored both in breath and in depth using a combination of text books, reviews and original research papers.

− Students will learn to critically evaluate scientific literature.

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.


− Acquiring scientific expertise 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 neural plasticity.

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

− summarize and discuss orally research papers.


1. Bear/Connors/Paradiso: Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain

2. Kandel/Schwartz/Jessell/Siegelbaum/Hudspeth: Principles of Neural Science

3. Kettenmann/Ransom: Neuroglia


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-TPH-02-K-5]

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