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 completing the course, the student should be able to:
- Explain the basic principles of information processing in neural circuits
- Define coding information and reconstruction of stimuli based on neural information
- Quantify the information content of a spike train
- Analyze the fundamental constraints arising from noise on neural circuit function
- Perform basic mathematical analysis to characterize neural signals and noise
- Explain the basic requirements for fidelity and specificity of neural circuit function
- Give examples of neural circuit computations and neural codes in well-defined neural circuits.
Schedule: 13.01.2021 - 03.06.2021
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
CONTENT, ASSESSMENT AND WORKLOAD
- Basic building blocks of the neural circuits
- Neural wiring vs. neural circuit function
- Basic principles of neural information transfer
- Signal and noise in neural circuits
- Quantifying information in neural circuits
- Fidelity and specificity of neural circuit function
- Examples of neural circuit computations.
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Teaching Methods: Lectures, exercises and exam.
Requirements, Assessment Methods and Criteria:
- Active participation in teaching and exercises
- Lectures: 20 24 hours
- Exercises: 20 24 hours
- Preparations for exercises: 30 hours
- Independent (self) study and preparation for lectures: 43 hours
- Preparing for the exam: 10 hours
Exam: 3 hours.
Basic knowledge of biophysics and cellular electrophysiology (recommended courses: NBE-C2102 Biophysics, NBE-E4120 Cellular Electrophysiology)