Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.09.2019 - 08.12.2019

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Responsible teacher:

- prof. Lauri Parkkonen,, office F351, Otakaari 3


- staff scientist, dr. Mia Liljeström,, office F350, Otakaari 3

- university lecturer, dr. Linda Henriksson,, office F341c, Otakaari 3

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I-II (Autumn)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After completing the course, the student will be familiar with

  • designing basic neuroimaging experiments
  • conducting fMRI and MEG experiments
  • basic analysis of fMRI and MEG data
  • writing a report on neuroimaging results

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course comprises lectures on physiological basis of functional brain imaging methods, data analysis, and experimental design as well as a practical part where the students design a neuroscientific experiment (under the guidance of the lecturers), carry out the fMRI and/or MEG measurements, analyse the acquired data and write a report of the results.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Teaching Methods: Lectures, group presentations and discussions, hands-on neuroimaging experimentation, data analysis in a computer classroom.

Assessment Methods and Criteria: Students are required to actively participate the group work, measurements and data analysis throughout the course. Assessment is based on the quality of the research plan and its execution as well as on the quality and depth of the analysis and reporting of the results. No exam.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

Imbalanced contributions by the group members may lead to differing grades across the group. Each group will be asked to document the work share of each of its members.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  • contact teaching (lectures, presentations, measurements, analysis clinics):  26 h
  • individual study of background material: 20 h
  • group work for planning and implementing the experiments: 18 h
  • group work for data analysis: 50 h
  • group work for compiling the report: 21 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lecture notes

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Relevant review articles will also be distributed.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Replaces courses NBE-E4040, BECS-E5972 and  Becs-114.5792

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

NBE-E4210 Structure and operation of the human brain OR NBE-E4225 Cognitive Neuroscience

NBE-E4000 Principles of Biomedical Imaging

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Via WebOodi

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course is primarily for students of the Human Neuroscience and Technology major. Only a limited number of other students can participate. See MyCourses page for further information.

Additional information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Many tasks in this course require basic programming skills. Working knowledge of Linux and command line is beneficial.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

The early part of the course comprises mostly lectures. After that, each group tests and executes the neuroimaging experiments they have designed. The latter half of the course is devoted to analysis and reporting of the data from these experiments; the analysis sessions are accompanied with lectures on the analysis methods. The course ends by presentations of the results and by submitting a written report.

The first session will be on 10.9.2019 at 12:15 - 14:00 in Lecture Hall 1 (F175a) on Otakaari 3.

The tentative schedule is:

  • 10.9.2019 Lecture (F175a): Introduction, basics of MEG and fMRI, division into groups,  first group assignment
  • 13.9.2019 Deadline: Research topics
  • 17.9.2019 Lecture (F175a): Experimental design
  • 20.9.2019 Deadline: Research plans
  • 24.9.2019 Presentations and feedback: Research plans
  • 30.9.–11.10.2019 Hands-on (Aalto Neuroimaging facilities): Stimulus testing, MEG measurements, fMRI measurements; the exact dates and times will be agreed with each group
  • 15.10.2019 Lecture (TBA): Basic MEG and fMRI analysis, analysis environment
  • 29.10.2019 Lecture + hands-on (U342a): Data analysis
  • 5.11.2019 Lecture + hands-on (U342a): Data analysis
  • 12.11.2019 Lecture + hands-on (U342a): Data analysis
  • 19.11.2019 Lecture + hands-on (U342a): Data analysis
  • 22.11.2019 Deadline: First version of the report
  • 26.11.2019 Feedback session (F175a): Feedback on the first version of the report
  • 3.12.2019 Presentation (F175a): Presentation of the research results by each group
  • 11.12.2019 Deadline (no contact session): Final version of the report


Registration and further information