Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-BB021B
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
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prof. dr. R. van Ee
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prof. dr. O. Jensen
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. A.J. van Opstal
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. A.J. van Opstal
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. A.J. van Opstal
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2017
KW2  (13/11/2017 to 04/02/2018)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
  • The student can analyse linear systems ain the time domain and frequency domain, and draw conclusions for the systems response to arbitrary stimuli
  • The student can build elementary neural models and simulate them in the computer with Simulink
  • The student can apply the elementary principles of spike analysis techniques 
  • The student understands psychofysical methods and analyse psychophysical data 
  • The student understands neuronal models and the concepts of receptive fields and movement fields
  • The student understands the principles, advantages and limitations of the most important methods in modern Neuroscience and can identify the best technique(s) to study a given neurophysiological problem.  


• Sinauer Associates, Neuroscience, Dale Purves editor, vijfde druk (aanbevolen). Oudere internet versie (3e druk) zal worden bekendgemaakt bij aanvang cursus; € 75.
• Dictaten en handleidingen (op Blackboard)

Teaching formats

• 12 hours computer course
• 46 hours lecture
• 2 hours laboratory course
• 22 hours question session
• 14 hours problem session
• 72 hours individual study period
Extra information teaching methods: lectures - exercises (werkcolleges) - response hours - computer practica - neurophysiology practicum

Additional comments
• Participation in the Werkcolleges, Computerpractica, Practica, en Demonstrations is obligatory.
• Students can earn a maximum full bonus point for the werkcollege exercises and computer practicum assignments.
• A positive score ('voldoende') for these activities is a prerequisite to be allowed access at the written exam.

contact: prof. dr. A.J. van Opstal, 3614251, j.vanopstal@science.ru.nlThe maximum number of students for this course is 40.
The course is given on Thursdays and Fridays of the second quarter.

The following topics are part of the course:

• Linear models and systems theory with applications in neuroscience: oculomotor system (saccades, vestibular system) en auditory system, visual system.
• Time domain and spectral analysis of neural systems
• Introduction to modelling cells and neural networks
• Introduction to psychophysics
• Temporal, spatial, and population coding by neurons: receptive fields, recruitment, noise
• Spike-train analysis (information theory, Poisson models, cluster analysis, spike detection)

• Neurophysiological methods:
• electrophysiology (single-unit, multiunit, local field potentials)
• neuroimaging (EEG, MEG, fMRI)
• two-photon imaging, optogenetics
• microstimulation, neuropharmacological techniques, lesions.

Test information
written exam

• Basic knowedge of neuro-anatomy and neurophysiology
• Second-year course "Hersenen en Gedrag" (Brain and Behaviour)
• Theory of action potential generation (Hodgkin & Huxley; electrochemical mechanisms at neuronal membrane), and neurotransmission
• Basic theoretical and applied knowledge of math and physics for Biologists (level VWO Wi-B): E.g., simple first-orde linear differential eqns., simple integrals, the exponential function and logarithms.

Required materials
The needed literature will be published on Blackboard

Recommended materials
Sinauer Associates, Neuroscience, Dale Purves editor, fifth edition

Instructional modes
Computer practical
Attendance MandatoryYes

Course occurrence


Practical computer training
Attendance MandatoryYes

Response course



Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock KW2, Block KW4