Course code FYS388

FYS388 Computational Neuroscience

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Course responsible: Gaute Tomas Einevoll
Teachers: Hans Ekkehard Plesser
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
Fall parallel
Course frequency: Annually (next time 2018)
Course contents:
Selected topics related to mathematical modelling of (i) signal processing in nerve cells, (ii) neural coding and decoding, (iii) receptive fields in the visual system, (iv) information transmission in the nervous system, (v) biophysics of nerve cells, (vi) biological neural networks, and (vii) learning and memory.
Learning outcome:
Gain a comprehensive understanding of how the properties of neurobiological systems can be modelled mathematically and be able to navigate in the academic literature on computatiional neuroscience. Be able to formulate and solve simple models from computational neuroscience. Be able to navigate in and acquire knowledge from scientific literature in the subject field in order to be able to develop more complicated models. Understand that mathematical models are necessary in order to understand complex neurobiological processes.
Learning activities:
Lectures.  Solve exercise problems by means  analytical and computational methods. 
Teaching support:
Students will be able to meet the lecturer outside the structured teaching time, also via video conference.
Mainly excerpts from Sterratt et al.: "Principles of Computational Modeling in Neuroscience" 
Introductory courses in mathematics and computer science.
Recommended prerequisites:
 Introductory courses in physics (mechanics, electromagnetism, thermal physics)
Final oral examination. The student will be asked questions from the curriculum by the examiner and the course teacher.
Nominal workload:
300 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
5 sp overlap with FYS386
Type of course:

Lectures: 40 hours spread over several intensive teaching periods

Exercises: 26 hours 

Lectures and exercise assistance will be focused on several short intensive teaching periods to facilitate the participation of students from all over Norway.  
In addition to taking part in the oral examination, the examiner will be asked to contribute with an evaluation of the course's content and teaching arrangements.
Examination details: Oral exam: A - E / F