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764680S Neural information processing, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 764680S  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Neural information processing  Abbreviation Neural informat 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3260 Biophysics 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Physics 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 



4th or 5th autumn (organized only in even years)

Learning outcomes 

After finishing the course the student is able to describe and explain the basic principles, models and functions in the information processing of neurons, for example: membrane functions of neurons, synaptic functions, neural signals, neural information. These models and functions enable the student to solve, analyze and calculate problems and exercises concerning this field. In addition the student is able to describe certain special issues of neural information processing, to illustrate biophysical models made of them and solve calculations concerning them.


The course introduces the basics of the cellular functions concerning neural information processing, for example: nerve cell membrane phenomena, synaptic functions, neural signals, neuronal information. In addition some special issues of neuronal information processing are dealt with.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 28 h, calculation exercises 15 h, home exam, self-study 90 h

Target group 

Primarily for the students of the degree programme in physics, especially the student of biomedical physics. Also for the other students of the University of Oulu.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Cell membrane biophysics (764322A or 764622S) is recommended to be done before this course.

Recommended optional programme components 

No alternative course units or course units that should be completed simultaneously

Recommended or required reading 

Lectures and other material given during the course; C. Koch: Information processing in single neurons. Oxford University Press, 1999 (partly) ; D. Johnston, S. Wu: Foundations of Cellular Neurophysiology, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 1995 (partly).

Assessment methods and criteria 

Final exam

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail

Person responsible 

Kyösti Heimonen

Working life cooperation 

No work placement period


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