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Course module: BMB500103
Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Cognition
Course info
Course codeBMB500103
ECTS Credits15
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Neuroscience and Cognition;
Contact persondr. G.M.J. Ramakers
Contactperson for the course
dr. G.M.J. Ramakers
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
MASTER  (20/08/2018 to 17/08/2019)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
RemarkParticipation obligatory for students masters Neuroscience
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
At the end of the course the student:
  1. has knowledge in the main topics in neuroscience, independent of his/her bachelor background;
  2. is able to participate in a multidisciplinary environment;
  3. has acquired in depth knowledge of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying psychiatric and neurological diseases;
  4. is capable of formulating a research question and describe experiments to address this research question;
  5. can present and defend a research question in front of peers.
  6. has an overview of the neuroscience field in Utrecht (UMC Utrecht and UU).
Period (from – till): 10 September 2018 - 16 November 2018
Over a period of 10 weeks are more than 40 teachers involved in this education. UMC, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Biology, Social Sciences.
Course description
Neuroscience is a broad multidisciplinary research field. This course aims to provide starting N&C students, originating from various bachelor programs, with a firm background in the main topics in neuroscience, to introduce research groups involved in the master to facilitate internship selection and to give a first introduction into advanced neuroscience techniques. Topics include anatomy, structural and functional imaging, neuropharmacology, behaviour, cognition, memory, linguistics, biophysics, perception and action, neurophysiology, molecular neuroscience and neurogenetics.  Topics will cover normal brain function as well as a great variety of neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases. Students will get acquainted with the latest developments in the various fields, and with literature research and database mining, and will practise reviewing, reading, presenting and writing papers. Students will be introduced to state-of-the–art techniques by hands-on practicals and demonstrations. For practicals and assignments students with different backgrounds are mixed in multidisciplinary groups. Theoretical background will be provided in lectures, tutorials, computer-assisted practicals and self-study assignments.

Literature/study material used
The course uses the book “Principles of Neuroscience” (Kandel, Schwartx and Jessell), Mc Graw Hill).
Starting level is the book “Neuroscience” (Purves et al., Sinauer).

Only students enrolled in the master Neuroscience and Cognition, they are enrolled automatically after acceptance to the programme.

Neuroscience and Cogntion, tracks Experimental & Clinical Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Prerequisite knowledge:
Starting level is the book “Neuroscience”  (Purves et al., Sinauer).
Book ‘Molecular Biology of the Cell’, Alberts et al. 4th edition pages 3-12, 192-234, 302-373)
Book ‘Cognitive Neuroscience, Biology of the mind’, 2nd edition Gazzaniga et al, chapter 5-9)
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
Starting level is the book 'Neuroscience', Purves et al., Sinauer. Book `Molecular Biology of the Cell', Alberts et al. 4th edition pages 3-12, 192-234, 302-373. Book 'Cognitive Neuroscience, Biology of the mind', 2nd edition Gazzaniga et al, chapter 5-9.
Required materials
Instructional formats
College discussion

Computer practical

Core lecture


Field trip

Group assignment

Group discussion

Guest lecture


Individual assignment

Individual work

Instructional lecture




Peer supervision meeting






Project group




Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

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