Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2020 - 20.02.2020

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

III (Spring)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The student will learn the most important higher cognitive functions, their underlying neural mechanisms, and relevant terminology, allowing him/her to study further independently and apply cognitive neuroscience knowledge in both science and engineering projects.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course gives an introduction to neuroscience of higher cognitive functions, including attention, memory, plasticity, language, executive functions, emotions, social cognition, and consciousness.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Seminar presentations as a team on chosen focus areas, and examination based on course materials.

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

New: for year 2020 the course will be taught using a method of flipped class lectures. Students will read selected chapters from the course book (freely downloadable from: before each lecture, and then the lecture builds on the top of the advance-readings. The grade will be determined by performance in the exam that consists of both multiple choice and essay questions. Completing and returning at least three learning diaries, each containing at least one question to the teacher will result in the exam grade being rounded up (e.g., "3" becomes "4). 

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching (presentations and discussions) 18 h

Individual studying of background materials for own presentation 20 h

Preparing presentations in small groups 18 h

Advance studying (flipped class) prior to contact teaching sessions 42 h

Writing learning diaries 5 h

Preparation for exam 29 h

Exam 3 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Will be announced in the beginning of the course.

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

Chapters 6-13 of the freely downloadble e-book:

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Replaces courses NBE-E4220 Introduction to Human Neuroscience, NBE-E5700 Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience, and Becs-114.5701 Cognitive Neuroscience I

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

NBE-E4210 Structure and operation of the human brain, or equivalent information.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0 - 5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration via WebOodi

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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


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