SU802: Medical neurobiology

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: Danish or English depending on the teacher, but English if international students are enrolled
EKA: N810001102
Censorship: Second examiner: Internal
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn
Level: Master

STADS ID (UVA): N810001101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 25-04-2019

Duration: 1 semester

Version: Approved - active


29000801 (former UVA) is identical with this course description. 

Entry requirements

Se Danish version

Academic preconditions


Course introduction

Medical Neurobiology explores the physiology and organization of the human nervous system. The course is designed for master students studying Biomedicine. It builds upon knowledge acquired in prior studies of cellular and molecular biology, general physiology, and human anatomy. The course will give students an understanding of the essential principles of neurological function, from cellular and molecular mechanisms of neural signaling and plasticity to the organization and function of sensory and motor systems. It also emphasizes the neurobiological foundation for understanding cognition, mental illness and disorders of human behavior.

Expected learning outcome

The learning objectives of the course are that the student demonstrates the ability to account for:
  • Gross anatomy of the nervous system.

  • Meningues and CNS blood supply
  • Cerebrospinal fluid production circulation and function.
  • Cellular organization and function of the nervous system
  • The electrochemical properties of neurons, incl. initiation and propagation of action potentials (nerve impulses).
  • Signal transduction in the synapse, incl. transmitter functions and possibilities for modulation of signal transmission.
  • Spinal cord and brain stem afferent and efferent connections and the neuronal basis for most important reflexes.
  • Peripheral somatosensory and visceral sensory receptors, propagation of somatosensory information from the periphery to the cerebral cortex.
  • Senses (vision, hearing, balance, taste, smell) and the propagation of the sensory information from the peripheral receptors to the cerebral cortex, sense reflexes.
  • Structural and functional organization of the motor pathways from cerebral cortex to muscle.
  • Functional interaction between primary cortical motor areas and other cortical areas.
  • Structural and functional organization of the basal ganglia and connected brain areas.
  • Cerebellum: structure and functional organization of the cerebellum.
  • Structural and functional organization of the thalamus and the cerebral cortex.
  • Modulation of cerebral cortical activity and the neural background for consciousness, sleep and arousal.
  • Cognitive functions, incl. language, perception of space, self and personality.
  • The structural and functional organization of the limbic system, the neural basis for emotions, motivation, learning and memory.


The following main topics are contained in the course:
  • Nervous system gross anatomy including cellular neurobiology, basal neurophysiology and neurotransmission and blood supply
  • Spinal cord structural and functional organization with emphasis on spinal reflexes and sensory and motor pathways
  • Structural and functional organization of the brain stem and cerebral cortex
  • Sensory systems, incl. special senses (vision, hearing, balance, taste, smell)
  • Motor systems, incl. basal ganglia and cerebellum
  • The limbic system, emotions, learning and memory
  • Cerebral cortex, cortical functions, consciousness/arousal and sleep.


Purves et al: Neuroscience, 6th edition.
See Blackboard for syllabus lists and additional literature references.

Examination regulations

Exam element a)




Written exam




Second examiner: Internal


7-point grading scale


Student Identification Card


Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

Allowed IT-tools: Word, pen and scanner.

ECTS value


Additional information

The examination form for re-examination may be different from the exam form at the regular exam. 
Reeksamen efter i samme termin eller umiddelbart derefter.

Indicative number of lessons

52 hours per semester

Teaching Method

See Danish version

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
Åsa Fex Svenningsen


Administrative Unit

Biokemi og Molekylær Biologi

Team at Registration & Legality


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