Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After taking the course, the student will understand the basic biological mechanisms and electrophysiological measurement techniques related to signal generation and propagation in nerve cells. The student will be able to apply these concepts to
1) build and constrain computational models of electrical activity in the nerve cells,
2) assess the possibilities and limitations of various electrophysiological measurement techniques, and
3) tell about the cellular level mechanisms of memory, learning and neural connections.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.09.2020 - 02.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Petri Ala-Laurila

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Petri Ala-Laurila

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

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Electrophysiological measurement techniques, transport and conductivity mechanisms of the excitable cell membranes, mechanisms of electrical signaling and learning phenomena.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Teaching methods: Lectures, exercises etc.

    Requirements, assessment methods and criteria: To be announced.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 20-24 h and exercise sessions 10–12 x 2h. Total workload of approximately 130 hours.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    To be announced.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Replaces course Tfy-99.4263 Living State Physics II (Electrophysiology)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basics of biophysics



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