Study facts

Course codeBMED339
ECTS credits5
Teaching semesterSpring
Number of semesters1
Teaching language
Study levelPostgraduate Courses
Belongs toThe Department of Biomedicine


Contact Information

Department of Biomedicine

(+47) 55 58 64 39 / 55 58 64 40 / 55 58 60 95

Course coordinator:

Jan Haavik,

Aim and Content

The aim of the course is to give students an introduction to basic neurochemistry, focusing particularly on cell communication and disease mechanisms.

The contents of the course range from studying chemical substances to intact neural cells, with emphasis on understanding mechanisms and correlations between structure and activity.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:


  • Define central concepts and research methods within modern neurobiology.
  • Describe the most important mechanisms for intracellular signal transferal and signaling between cells.
  • Explain the main features of the brainĀ“s energy metabolism.

Skills and competences

  • Explain how knowledge on neurochemistry may be applied to understanding neurological and psychiatric disease, and how to develop drugs against such conditions.

Course offered (semester)



Biology, molecular biology or equivalent on bachelor level, preferably completed with a degree.

Recommended previous knowledge

Previous knowledge of human physiology and anatomy is recommended for optimizing the learning outcome of the course.

Subject Overlap


Teaching Methods

The course is mainly self-tutored.

Teacher-led seminars are held four times each semester (4 x 2 hours). The seminars are divided into thematic sections, and students are expected to prepare in advance and participate actively.

Students are also encouraged to organize their own study groups.

Assessment methods

Oral exam

Assessment methods

Written exam

Grading Scale


Course Unit Evaluation

Written evaluation on My Space/Mi side.