Human Neuroscience and Technology

Professor in charge: Lauri Parkkonen

Extent: 65 credits

Abbreviation: NEURO

Code: SCI3601

Objectives

The aim is to give the students a strong background for understanding structure and function of the human brain, theoretical and practical knowledge on brain research methods and other neurotechnologies. After completing their studies, the students have an excellent background for a career in science and for applying their expertise in more applied fields such as medical technology, health and wellbeing, and game industry.

Content and structure

Students are expected to have a Bachelor's degree in science, medicine or engineering and have sufficient background in physics and mathematics. Teachers are recognized scientists in their research fields studying sensory systems and cognitive functions and developing brain research technologies. Curriculum reflects the research interests of the teaching faculty.


This major provides the students with up-to-date information on brain structure and function at different levels of analysis. In modern neuroscience, command of advanced statistical and signal-analysis methods is mandatory; therefore, specific courses are included to cover this supporting field. The imaging courses of this major provide the students with an overview and hands-on practice of modern brain research methods.


Besides the regular lecture and course work, part of the studies will take place in small groups under the guidance of a senior scientist. In the same vein, there is a compulsory special assignment, which exposes the student to a real research question and integrates him/her to a research team to learn the practices of the field and to develop his/her skills in reporting research.

 

Code

Course

Credits

Period/Year

Compulsory common courses of the programme (15 credits):

MS-E2115

Experimental and Statistical Methods in Biological Sciences

5

I-II/1

JOIN-E3000

Life Science Technologies Project Course

10

III-V/1

Compulsory courses of the major (50 credits).

The courses can be replaced by courses with similar content when agreed with the responsible professor.

1 Neuroscience and imaging (35 credits)

NBE-E4210

Structure and Operation of the Human Brain

5

I-II/1

NBE-E4000

Principles of Biomedical Imaging

5

I-II/1

NBE-E4225

Cognitive Neuroscience

5

III/1

NBE-E4240

Advanced Course on Human Neuroscience

5

IV-V/1

NBE-E4045

Functional Brain Imaging

5

I-II/2

NBE-E4500

Special Assignment in Human Neuroscience

10

I-V, Summer/1 or 2

2 Analysis and modelling (5 - 10 credits)

Select from the courses below.

NBE-E4050

Signal Processing in Biomedical Engineering

5

I-II/1

CS-E5710

Bayesian Data Analysis

5

I-II/2

CS-E3210

Machine Learning: Basic Principles

5

I/1 or 2

CS-E5740

Complex Networks

5

I-II/1 or 2

3 Supporting courses (5 - 10 credits).

Select primarily from the ones below. Other relevant courses from other Life Science Technologies majors possible with an agreement of the responsible professor of the major.

UH NEU-104

Interactive neurobiology (course at University of Helsinki)

5

I-II/1

NBE-E4120

Cellular Electrophysiology

5

I-II (even years)

NBE-E4130

Information Processing in Neural Circuits

5

III-V (odd years)

NBE-E4010

Medical Image Analysis

5

I-II (odd years)

NBE-E4020

Medical Imaging

5

III-IV (even years)

NBE-E4300

Medical Device Innovation

5

III-IV (even years)

 

Recommendations for elective studies

Students are encouraged to take courses from other Majors of the Life Sciences Technologies programme, depending on own interests. Those who are especially interested in neurotechnologies, can extend their knowledge profile by taking courses from Biomedical Engineering major and  Biosensing and Bioelectronics major. Also internship is recommended in elective studies.

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