A New year, a new course! Introduction to Neuroscience

Hej hej!

This year marks the beginning of a new semester in the second year for us Biomed Bachelor students! This means is it time to start the most popular and most awaited course: Neuroscience.

I remember at the start of the year while discussing interests for potential research topics, a lot of my classmates suggested Neuroscience might be the one they choose considering how interesting it sounds. And why would it not be?! The brain is by far the most intriguing and fascinating research aspect for many researchers. There are so many different diseases where mechanisms are yet unknown, the cause and treatment as well. How the brain functions and coordinates all the other complex mechanisms in the body is also being studied!

Therefore, in this blog I will be giving a quick introduction to how the Neuroscience course is structured.

General:

This course is a 10 credit course which started on the 15th of January 2018 and will end on 26th February 2018. We have a final exam, oral exam and lab work as usual! Lectures are held almost every day with the exception of lab days which is this entire week. More about the lab in an upcoming post! 🙂

Examination and assessment criteria

For the last course that is Physiology, during the lectures every 2 weeks or so we would have seminars which would help us test our knowledge by answering Multiple choice questions. We corrected these tests ourselves and no grade was given (apart from the fact that it was mandatory) to get an idea of how much we had learned and what we did not know.

In the Neuroscience course, we have oral exams instead. The first of these exams is in this week and so to say I am quite nervous! However, it has been helpful because I have already started revising for the oral exam. This I believe gives everyone a headstart in studying before the final exam and prevents us from studying last minute. More importantly I think the tests are to check our knowledge after each session and also serves as a form of discussion, where we can clarify any doubts we have faced while studying.

At the end of the course there is a final exam as usual with the gardes VG(Pass with distinction)/ G(Pass)/ F(Fail).

Laboratory work

We have 3 main lab related components in this course:

1. Computer Lab

2. Nerve cells in culture

3. Neuroanatomy workshop

Until now, we have only had the computer lab where we used a computer software to better understand action potentials and how ion concentrations, permeability, current strength etc affect the action potential. I will post more about the other 2 blogs later!

All in all, on reading the course compendium and what the core curriculum comprises of, aka what we need to study, it does seem like a REALLY long list and LOT to learn but I know this will be interesting for sure! Who knows maybe I find an interesting topic that I want to research in the future!

That’s all for now!

See you around 🙂

Nishi

Email: nishi.dave@stud.ki.se

Cover photo: Density of moral neuroscience studies by Leo Pascual, Paulo Rodrigues and David Gallardo-Pujol (Creative commons, CC BY) Photo from- Wikimedia Commons

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