Behavioural and Systems Neuroscience
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-BM085
Credits (ECTS)6
Category03 (Advanced)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
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dr. L.K.E. Genzel
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Contactperson for the course
dr. L.K.E. Genzel
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dr. L.K.E. Genzel
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dr. L.K.E. Genzel
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dr. L.A.M.H. Kirkels
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Academic year2021
KW1  (06/09/2021 to 07/11/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
The aim of this master course is to get an overview of current topics in behavioural and systems neuroscience. Students learn how to critically analyze and discuss recent primary literature in Systems Neuroscience and how to develop, present and write a project proposal.

At the end of the course the student
Has learned about (Knowledge acquisition)
  1. different topics in behavioural and systems neuroscience
  2. recent advances in systems neuroscience and its applications

Is able to (Scientific skills)
  1. critically analyze primary literature
  2. spot circular analysis and other analysis or reasoning pitfalls
  3. read primary literature fast and formulate a critical view
  4. discern different purposes and therefore structure within scientific writing
  5. orally present and discuss a project proposal
  6. write a project proposal

Can (Soft skills)
  1. communicate on different levels (tutor / student)
  2. collaborate interdisciplinary
  3. manage his/her time and keep to tight deadlines
  4. ask critical questions during a talk and provide valuable feedback
The course consists of a series of lectures on Behavioural and Systems Neuroscience that go beyond basic (bachelor) knowledge. Students will be asked to read background (primary) literature and prepare and answer questions. Scientific papers will be analyzed for circular analysis. Over the course the students will write a project proposal, which will be presented orally mid-course. After processing feedback on their oral presentation and feedback received from other students, they hand in the written proposal.

Presumed foreknowledge
It is expected that you have basic knowledge of neuroscience, such that you are able to read primary literature on systems and memory neuroscience.
Recommended courses: ‘Animal biology’, ‘Brain and Behaviour’, ‘Neurobiophysics’, ‘Neuroscience van basis tot kliniek’, ‘Neurophysiology’, ‘Neurobiology’, ‘Neurophysics’ and/or other comparable basic neuroscience classes.
Test information
  •  Examination is based on
    1. Essays (Conference lectures, critical reading): 30% of the grade
    2. Presentation and discussion project proposal: 20% of the grade
    3. Written project proposal: 50% of the grade
  • All of these have to be passed (minimum grade 6)
Required materials
Learning Management System (Brigthspace)
All needed information will be shared via Brightspace.

Recommended materials
“Neuroscience, Purves” or “Principles of Neuroscience, Kandel”

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight1
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock KW1, Block KW2