Credits: 5

Schedule: 20.02.2020 - 14.05.2020

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

The teachers can be contacted via the MyCourses web pages or via email:

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

IV-V (spring), even years

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After taking the course, the student

  • can tell about physics of the neuron on the molecular dynamics and membrane level
  • can characterise the principles of molecular function of electrical activity of a neuron
  • can describe basic mechanisms of synaptic transmission and plasticity
  • knows the physical basis of several neuron/molecular level measurement technologies
  • can read advanced literature on the topic.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Structure and dynamics of the neuronal cell membrane. Physics aspects of cytoplasm. Synaptic function. Signal transmission and processing of a neuron. Physics for neurotechnology.

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

Topics in 2020 deal with neurodegenerative diseases, their mechanisms and possible treatments.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Teaching Methods: Lectures and discussion sessions, seminar presentations etc.

Requirements, assessment Methods and Criteria: Active participation, homework presentations, quizzes/exams.

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

Each team of 3–4 students will be given a topic to be investigated on the basis of scientific literature. The team shall 1) familiarize themselves to one neurogenerative disease and its mechanisms, 2) suggest a physics-based therapeutic approach for alleviating the disease and 3) write a report on their findings and present the report also orally.

Final grading: 1–5 for passed course based on the following:

1) Self-evaluation (1–5; describe each point a–c with 1–3 sentences)

a) significance of own contribution to group work, b) own learning, c) quality of own ideas.

2) Team member evaluation (1–5)

a) quality and b) quantity of the contribution of the other group members

3) The content and quality of the written and oral presentations will be
evaluated by the teachers.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  • Contact teaching 24 h
  • Preparing for the teaching sessions 44 h
  • Homework, preparation for final presentation and report 65 h


Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Selected publications

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

The students will search relevant literature on their topic. 

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basics of biophysics

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0 to 5

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The number of participants may be restricted, and the participants may be pre-selected. The priority is given to Master and PhD students of Biomedical Engineering.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

First meeting on Thursday, 27.02. 2020. The subsequent schedule will be agreed on during the first meeting.

Please note that we start at 12:15 on the designated days (there has been some software problem that shows incorrect starting hours on some computers but not all).


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