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Neurobiology, 7,5 points
COURSE CATEGORY   Single subject course
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire advanced knowledge in neurobiology, considering ethical and gender issues and getting an overview of methods available for studies of the nervous system. The course centres around current research topics within the vast area of neurobiology, it considers ethical issues and it gives an overview of methods available for studies of the nervous system. The course comprises in-depth knowledge in medical biology.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course the students will be able to:
-Identify, understand and explain medical, neurobiological phenomenon
-Relate the new knowledge to cellular and molecular mechanisms
-Integrate knowledge from different biological and medical area in order to explain a neurobiological phenomenon
-Evaluate their new knowledge in relation to current research in medical neurobiology
-Discuss and evaluate the results of scientific publications
The course brings up several examples from the vast area of neurobiological research, it considers ethical and gender issues and it gives an overview of methods available for studies of the nervous system. Scientific publications form a basis for discussions in tutorial groups. With respect to essay writing the students may focus on specific areas, which they select according to their own interest.
The educational methods include lectures, tutorial groups and essay writing. The educational method used is problem-based learning (PBL). PBL emphasises the student´s development of free, self-supporting, life-long learning ability as an instrument for critical inquiry. The student´s own queries and the problems formulated form the basis of PBL. What is also important is the student´s ability to take responsibility for his/her own learning and to search for and evaluate information and knowledge as well as to develop co-operative skills and a flexible attitude to different views and ideas.

Examination forms include active participation in tutorial groups and seminars, written and oral examinations, completed assignments and examination of practical skills.

Students who have failed the course or part of the course twice are entitled to request another examiner at the new examination occasion.

Extent of re-examination
The extent of a re-examination shall be similar to the regular examination.

Entries for examinations
Rules for entries for examination are given in the course plans. In addition the "Regulations regarding examinations and examiners" laid down by decision of Linköpings University (Dnr LiU 1109/00-40) apply.

At least three years of full-time undergraduate studies in a major subject area with relevance for Life Science, e.g. from faculties within medicine, tehnology/natural sciences, odontology, pharmaceutical science. The lowest acceptable grade from undergraduate studies is Pass.

Applicants with a degree from a non-Swedish university must enclose an official examination certificate of at least three years of fulltime studies in subjects with relevance for Life Science, such as biology, chemistry, medicine or the like.
Documented knowledge of English equivalent to "Engelska B"; i.e. English as native language or an internationally recognized test, e.g. TOEFL (minimum scores: Paperbased 575 + TWE-score 4.5, internetbased 90 TWE-score 20), IELTS, academic (minimum score: Overall band 6.5 and no band under 5.5), or equivalent.
The course is graded on the following scale: Pass; Fail.
Course certificate is issued by the Faculty Board on request. The Department provides a special form which should be submitted to the Student Affairs Office at the Faculty of Health Sciences.
The course literature is decided upon by the department in question.
Course Evaluation
Planning and implementation of the course shall be carried out from the wording in this course plan. The evaluation of the course should therefore consider the question how well the course agrees with the course plan. Written evaluation will take place at a scheduled time at the end of the course.
Electronic evaluation of the course will also take place in accordande with Linköping University´s regulations (Dnr LiU 780/06-04).

At the student´s request, a course certificate may be issued by the director of studies for courses or, according to delegation, by the head of the department/director of programme studies.

Additional Information
Students should have knowledge in cell biology, cell signalling and communication, histology and pathology of the cells/tissue in the nervous system at basic level.

The course is given in such a way that both men´s and women´s experiences and knowledge are foregrounded and developed.

If the course is withdrawn, or is subject to major changes, examinations according to this course plan are normally offered on a total of three occasions within a year, one of them in close connection with the first examination.
Department responsible
for the course or equivalent:
MEDBIO - Medicinsk biologi
Registrar No: LiU 1410/06-41   Course Code: 8FA031      
    Exam codes: see Local Computer System      
Subject/Subject Area :          
Level   Education level     Subject Area Code   Field of Education  
      MB1   Medicin  
The course has been established by the Board of the Faculty of Health Sciences 2007-02-15