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Module BIO-TM1-4_14-M-5

Theoretical Module 1-4: Lecture and Reading Course - Neural Development (M, 3.0 LP)

Module Identification

Module Number Module Name CP (Effort)
BIO-TM1-4_14-M-5 Theoretical Module 1-4: Lecture and Reading Course - Neural Development 3.0 CP (90 h)


CP, Effort 3.0 CP = 90 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem.
Level [5] Master (Entry Level)
Language [EN] English
Module Manager
Area of study [BIO-ZOO] Zoology
Reference course of study [BIO-88.Z10-SG] M.Sc. Biology
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active


Type/SWS Course Number Title Choice in
Presence-Time /
SL SL is
required for exa.
PL CP Sem.
S BIO-ZOO-01-K-5
Lecture and Reading Course - Neural Development
P 20 h 70 h
- PL1 3.0 WiSe
  • About [BIO-ZOO-01-K-5]: Title: "Lecture and Reading Course - Neural Development"; Presence-Time: 20 h; Self-Study: 70 h
  • About [BIO-ZOO-01-K-5]: The study achievement [TEILN] continuous and active participation in the courses must be obtained.

Examination achievement PL1

  • Form of examination: written exam (Klausur) (60-90 Min.)
  • Examination Frequency: each winter semester

Evaluation of grades

The grade of the module examination is also the module grade.


− The students will hear introductory and summary lectures, read research and review papers, and discuss within the group and with the teacher current topics of neuronal development.

− Topics include e.g. nervous system formation, wiring of the nervous system, formation of neuronal circuits, animal behavior, modern methods in neurobiology.

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Professional competence:

− Overview of the principles underlying neuronal development.

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

− 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.


− 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 neural development.

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

− summarize and discuss orally research papers.


E. Kandel: Principlesof Neuroscience, 5th edition;

L. Luo: Principles of Neurobiology;

Bear: Neuroscience;

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)

References to Module / Module Number [BIO-TM1-4_14-M-5]

Course of Study Section Choice/Obligation
[BIO-88.Z10-SG] M.Sc. Biology Theoretical Modules 1-4: Lectures and Reading Courses [P/WP] Compulsory or compulsory elective (depending on the chosen specialization / study profile)