Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-BB021B
Credits (ECTS)6
Category03 (Advanced)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
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prof. dr. A.J. van Opstal
Other course modules lecturer
dr. M.M. van Wanrooij
Other course modules lecturer
dr. M.M. van Wanrooij
Other course modules lecturer
dr. M.M. van Wanrooij
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. M.M. van Wanrooij
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
KW2  (02/11/2020 to 24/01/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksMaximum capacity: 40
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listYes
Placement procedureIn order of application
ExplanationIn order of application
  • 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.  


Presumed foreknowledge
  • 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.
  • Test information
    written exam
    • 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.
    • In the case of not being able to attend one or more practical courses/lab days due to corona measures, the course coordinator will decide if the student is obligated to re-take the missed meeting and how this will take place.
    • Contact: prof. dr. A.J. van Opstal, 3614251, j.vanopstal@science.ru.nl
    • The maximum number of students for this course is 40. Enrolment is based on date and time of enrolment and will happen automatically. ('first come first serve') 
    Required materials
    Learning Management System (Brigthspace)
    The needed literature will be published on Brightspace

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

    Instructional modes
    Course occurrence

    Practical computer training
    Attendance MandatoryYes

    Test weight1
    Test typeExam
    OpportunitiesBlock KW2, Block KW3