The Neuroendocrine Basis of Behaviour

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode WMBC018-05
Vaknaam The Neuroendocrine Basis of Behaviour
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
ECTS 5
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam The Neuroendocrine Basis of Behaviour
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1) understand and explain underlying mechanisms in the field of neuroendocrinology
2) acquire knowledge and to present the latest developments in a selected topic in the field of Neuroendocrinology
3) design, develop and to perform a simple human experiment in the field of food intake and energy expenditure and obtain hands-on experience with experimental techniques
4) study the literature on a selected topic in Neuroendocrinology and to dessiminate this information in both academia and society
Omschrijving The course consists of the following elements:
-1) Experiment (1,5 EC). Throughout the course, an experiment will be performed. The students discuss the aim of the study and develop the experimental design together. The experiments are performed during the course. Then every student makes his/her own
analysis of the data and writes a short report on a part of the study.
-2) Neuroendocrinology of ........ (0,5 EC). Two or three students work together to provide an overview of the major underlying mechanisms in a particular field of neuroendocrinology (for example the gut-brain axis). The overview on handbook+ level is presented in an instruction video.
-3) Topics in Neuroendocrinology (0.5 EC). Inspired by a guest lecture or recent developments, students search the literature for an individual powerpoint presentation on a selected topic in Neuroendocrinology
- 4) Debate (0,5 EC). There are several heavily debated issues in the field (free use of Ritalin, IVF). Students are assigned to different teams. Every team has to defend or to criticize a statement in an organized group discussion. Arguments should be based on evidence from literature.
- 5) Personal project (2 EC). An individual student choses a topic in the broad field of Neuroendocrinology of Behaviour and studies the literature. The results will be presented in different ways: a press release, a television interview and a peer reviewed essay
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
(All parts of the course are mandatory. Ad hoc individual arrangements are made for students that can't participate on a particular day/session.)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Practisch werk (PR), Presentatie (P), Verslag (R)
(To pass the course, the individual student has to participate in all parts of the course, including the ones that are not graded. All grades need to be higher than 5.0, the total weighted average grade should be 5.5 or higher.)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. A.J.W. Scheurink
Docent(en) dr. F.L. Kramer ,prof. dr. J.D.A. Olivier ,prof. dr. A.J.W. Scheurink
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
No books or study material other than articles in PubMed
Entreevoorwaarden The course unit assumes prior knowledge in the field of Neuroscience and Endocrinology, generally acquired from a background in life sciences.
Opmerkingen The course is only open for students of the research master of BCN.

This course was registered last year with course code MLBCNB03
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences: Behavioural Neurosciences  (Compulsory course units) 1 semester I b verplicht
MSc Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences: Cognitive Neuroscience & Modelling  (Electives: courses from other tracks) 2 semester I b keuze
MSc Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences: Molecular & Clinical Neurosciences  (Electives: courses from other tracks) 2 semester I b keuze