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.


The student will learn the most important parts of the brain, their locations and functions as well as terminology of neuroscience. After the course, the student knows the structure and function of sensory systems, the operation principles of a neuron and its importance in information processing. The student can describe the principles, advantages and challenges of several brain research methods and is able to describe some common brain disorders in terms of their etiology, symptoms, treatment and prognosis. The student will gain a basic understanding of the neuronal basis of learning and memory.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 14.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Risto Ilmoniemi, Iiro Jääskeläinen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Risto Ilmoniemi, Iiro Jääskeläinen, Matias Palva

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:

    Introduction, based on both natural and behavioral sciences, to brain anatomy, functioning of neurons and neuron networks, sensory processes, neurocognitive processes and brain research methods.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Teaching methods: Lectures, homework, excursions, exercises.

    Assessment methods and criteria: Quizzes, participation in exercise sessions, excursions, homework, exam.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    • Lectures and discussions 18 h
    • Exercises 20 h
    • Excursions at laboratories or visits, 5 times, 10 h
    • Advance reading for lectures and exercises (18+10) 28 h
    • Homework, studying the course material 27 h
    • Preparation for exam 27 h
    • Exam 3 h



Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Bear, Connors, Paradiso: Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain, 4th edition, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2015. Material prepared by the teachers.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Replaces courses Tfy-99.2710, S-114.790, S-114.101, S-114.1710, Tfy 99.247 and Tfy-99.4247

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basic university courses in physics and mathematics. Recommended: Basics of biophysics



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