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Postgraduate course

Molecular and cellular basis for physiology and polysomnography

  • ECTS credits3
  • Teaching semester
  • Course codePSY300
  • Number of semesters
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester

Will not be offered spring 2020

Objectives and Content

The aim of the course is to provide knowledge in the biological basis for polysomnographic phenomena and related physiological events at the molecular, cellular and anatomical level. Through a series of readings, active learning exercises and classroom assessments, students will learn the biological basis for electrophysiological phenomena, with particular emphasis on the electroencephalogram (EEG).

Type of course

Subject specific course.

General learning objectives


After completion of the course, the candidate can

  • Describe and reflect upon the role of the cell membrane and associated proteins in regulating the passage of molecules into and out of the cell
  • Describe mechanisms of membrane protein presentation and endocytosis
  • Describe cellular motility
    • Cell signaling via vesicular release, receptor activation and intracellular signaling cascades
    • Cellular excitability: mechanisms and consequences of the action potential
  • Describe regulation and modulation of excitability by neurotransmitters
    • Roles of the axon and the axon terminal in neurotransmission
  • Diagram the mechanisms of sensory transduction
  • Describe muscle contraction as a calcium-dependent interaction of cytoskeletal elements
    • The role of neuronal regulation of myocytes via the autonomic nervous system
    • Pharmacological and hormonal regulation of myocytes
    • Divergent cellular features of cardiac and smooth myocytes
    • Unique metabolic and energetic features of neurons and myocytes


After completion of the course, the candidate should be able to communicate knowledge gained during the course by applying academic writing; to give a clear empirical and theoretical description

General competence

After completion of the course the student should be able to explain and discuss central perspectives and topics within biological and physiological aspects of polysomnography

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor Degree in disciplines relevant to educational sciences, psychology and public health.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in biology and psychophysiology

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Readings, active learning exercises and classroom assessments

20 hours classroom lectures

Attendance with a cell phone or wireless enabled laptop computer is required due to daily assessments.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Attendance to the course will be mandatory.

Forms of Assessment

Portfolio assessment:

- Daily formative assessments using multiple choice questions (60%)

- Each student will be required to write an essay (30%)

- Each student will be required to give a short 3 minute oral presentation (10%)

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester

Spring 2019

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate the teaching at the end of the course, in line with quality assurance system at


Course Coordinator

Janne Grønli


Faculty of Psychology