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Introduction to Neuroscience

Code: LPSI204     Acronym: IN

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Behavior Biology

Instance: 2021/2022 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Psychology
Course/CS Responsible: First degree in Psychology

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PSIC 86 Official Curricular Structure 2 - 3 27 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Manuel Fernando dos Santos Barbosa

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 2,00
Tiago Oliveira Paiva 0,40
Fernando Ricardo Ferreira Santos 0,40
Manuel Fernando dos Santos Barbosa 1,20

Teaching language



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.

Working method


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

4.4. Diencephalon

4.5. Telencephalon: subcortical structures

4.6. Telencephalon: neocortex

Mandatory literature

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 Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Exame 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 54,00
Frequência das aulas 27,00
Total: 81,00

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.

Internship work/project

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.

Classification improvement

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.
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