Neural Basis of Motor Control
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-BB080C
Credits (ECTS)6
Category02 (Introductory with prior knowledge)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
dr. B. Englitz
Other course modules lecturer
dr. B. Englitz
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Contactperson for the course
dr. B. Englitz
Other course modules lecturer
dr. B. Englitz
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
KW1  (31/08/2020 to 01/11/2020)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
At the end of this course your competence in the following aspects will be improved:
1. know the small and large scale neural activity underlying motor control.
2. understand the quantitative relationship between neural responses and motor control.
3. perform basic analysis of experimental/simulated neurophysiological data.
4. read, understand and present current literature in the field of motor control.
Behaviour and the control of your muscles are generated by networks of neurons. In the course ‘Neural Basis of Motor Control’ we will introduce to you the neural representations underlying actions/motor control, the circuits and principles underlying sensorimotor integration, neuromotor diseases and associated assistive technologies. The course will cover principles and a range of specific examples. Connections to related diseases and current research will be partly presented by students from recent examples in the literature.

Instructional modes
  • Tutorial
  • Response course
  • Lecture
  • Self-study

The course is an advanced B.Sc. course.
Presumed foreknowledge
Students choosing the course should have followed one or multiple more basic courses in Neuroscience, e.g. Brain and Behavior or Neural Basis of Cognition and Perception.
Test information
The final grade will be a weighted average of the final exam (50%), a presentation given by each student as part of a group (30%) and the report on the computerpractical (20%).
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.
Required materials
PDF documents of review and original articles (will be provided)

Recommended materials
Kandel, Jessel, Schwarz (2012) Principles of Neural Science (selected chapters)

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Lab course
Attendance MandatoryYes

Practical computer training
Attendance MandatoryYes

Digital Exam
Test weight5
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock KW1, Block KW2

Test weight3
Test typePresentation
OpportunitiesBlock KW1

Report computer practical
Test weight2
Test typeReport
OpportunitiesBlock KW1