Introduction to Neuroscience
Instance: 2021/2022 - 1S
Cycles of Study/Courses
Teaching Staff - Responsibilities
Teaching - Hours
The main objective of the course is to put the students in touch with a phylo-ontogenetic, structural and functional perspective of the Nervous System (NS).
For this purpose, the program is conceived based on the phylo-ontogenetic model as a structural and functional organizer of the CNS. The different programmatic components are structured around an evolutionary and developmental perspective of that System, seeking to achieve the objectives and results described in low.
Learning outcomes and competences
With the above-described organization of the program, it is intended that students will be able to:
1. describe the history of neurosciences and the modern conception of the brain in a brain-mind-behavior relationship;
2. identify the various neuroscientific disciplines, their specificities, interdependencies, and contributions to the understanding of behavior;
3. know and explain the neurophysiology of neuronal and glial cells;
4. understand and explain the development of the NS from a phylogenetic and ontogenetic perspective;
5. know the principles of development and anatomical-functional organization of the NS, understanding the role of the main structures and brain regions in the regulation of mental and behavioral phenomena.
Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)
Does not apply.
The syllabus is structured in four thematic modules:
1. Introduction to neurosciences
2. Philogenesis and ontogenesis of the NS
2.1. Phylogenetic evolution of the NS
2.2. Embryogenesis and development of the NS
3. Elementary notions of neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuroendocrinology, and molecular neurobiology: from the subcellular to the intercellular level:
3.1. Neurons and neurotransmission
3.2. Glial cells
4. Structural and functional neuroanatomy: from the spinal level to the telencephalic level:
4.1. Neuroanatomical terminology and NS subdivisions
4.2. Spinal cord
4.3. Brain stem
4.5. Telencephalon: subcortical structures
4.6. Telencephalon: neocortex
Paul Johns; Clinical neuroscience
. ISBN: 978-0-443-10321-6
Bryan Kolb; Fundamentals of human neuropsychology
. ISBN: 978-1-4292-8295-6
Robert W Lent; Cem bilhões de neurônios
. ISBN: 978-8538801023
Dale Purves; Neuroscience
. ISBN: 978-1-60535-841-3
Marques-Teixeira, J. & Barbosa, F. (2015); Neurociências, Edição de Autor.
Teaching methods and learning activities
Theorethical classes (27h), plus independent study (54h). Students can use learning resources from Centro de Apoio ao Estudo do Cérebro, as well as learning materials that will be delivered through Moodle. Evaluation is through exam.
Health sciences > Neuroscience
Evaluation with final exam
Amount of time allocated to each course unit
|Frequência das aulas
Eligibility for exams
Attending classes is not mandatory, though highly recommended.
Calculation formula of final grade
The final grade corresponds to the grade of the exam.
Examinations or Special Assignments
Does not apply.
Does not apply.
Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)
Students in situations duly described in the law and regulations may have access to an exam in a special examination season.
The final grade can be improved under the terms of the existing Regulation.
As long as the pandemic situation demands, the classes will be taught in a videoconference format, or made available in a videoclass format, with the support of a forum to clarify doubts.