Rules and regulations
The neurobiology course is an integrated one, delivered as a joint effort of three departments (Departments of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology; Biochemistry; Physiology). The educational activities of the Neurobiology course include lectures, seminars and practices. Most of the regulations concerning these activities are specific to the individual departments and will be introduced by the respective education officers.
In the detailed program of the course (which, in fact, corresponds to the list of requirements) as well as here, both the compulsory and suggested textbooks are listed. Note, however, that the requirements of the course include material delivered in the lecture hall only, not necessarily available in the recommended textbooks, while in other cases some information in the suggested textbook is not regarded as part of the exam material.
Attendance of the lectures, seminars and practices is compulsory, although one may have five absences from the lectures and two absences of in the following distribution: neuroanatomy and neurohistology: two absences together; neurophysiology (seminar and practices) two absences together. If one collects six or more lecture absences (regardless of the reason of the absences) all the exam advantages are withdrawn without further notice. In the case of three or more absences from either the practices or seminars, the verification of the lecture book may be refused. Making up the missed seminars and practices may be possible, but the individual departments determine the actual procedure.
In order to be able to complete the requirements of the Neurobiology course, the following printed materials are recommended:
Anatomy, histology and embryology:
Haines, D.E.: Fundamental Neuroscience (3rd edition, Churchill Livingstone, 2006, ISBN: 0-443-06751-1 )
Moore, K.L and Dalley A.F.: Clinically Oriented Anatomy (5th edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006
ISBN: 0-7817-3639-0 )
Sobotta: Atlas of Human Anatomy 1-2 (Urban & Schwarzenberg, Munich, 2006, ISBN: 978-0-443-10349-0 )
M.H. Ross, L.J. Romrell, G.I. Kaye: Histology. A Text and Atlas (5th edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins,
2006, ISBN 0-7817-5056-3 )
Sadler, T.W.: Langman's Medical Embryology (10th edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006 ISBN: 0-7817-9485-4 )
Komáromi: Dissection of the Brain, Medicina, Budapest, 2006, ISBN 963-226-0503
A. Fonyó: Principles of medical physiology (Medicina Publishing House Co., Budapest, 2002, ISBN: 963 242 726 2)
Physiology practice. A laboratory guide. (Revised edition, Debrecen, 2007)
Exercise book. (Revised edition, Debrecen, 2007)
Lecture handouts (including figures), can be downloaded from the http://bmbi.med.unideb.hu (use:student, password:student2008)
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Syllabus) Volume III., Chapter IX.(third edition, 2002.)
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Syllabus) Volume III., Chapter IX.(third edition, 2002.): Selected readings (page 46)
Matthews, Gary G.: Neurobiology: molecules, cells and systems (2nd ed., Blackwell Science Inc., Malden, 2001;
Neuroscience, editor: Purves, Sinauer Publishing, 2008 Fourth Edition
During the term, three self-controls (SCs) are organised. If one meets the passing conditions (see below), the end-semester examination may be substituted with the result achieved on the basis of these tests (i.e. exemption of the final exam). The maximum achievable score is 100 points in the following distribution:
Neuroanatomy: 50 points
Neurobiochemistry 10 points
Neurophysiology 40 points
The first SC (week 6) is organised by the Department of Anatomy. It has two parts: neurohistology practicum and neuroanatomy oral/practicum. All three departments participate, however, in the second (week 10) and third (week 14) self-controls (both of them are written tests). The first SC can be repeated once, on the 7th week. Either the 2nd or the 3rd SCs may also be repeated at the end of the semester, but not both. In this case, all subjects (neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and nerobiochemistry) of either the 2nd or the 3rd SCs have to be repeated and the previously achieved scores are lost.
The points collected in the frame of the three SCs will be summarised on a subject and departmental basis. If someone collects at least 60 % of the total number of points for all five subjects individually provided by the departments, she/he will be exempted of the end-semester examination (ESE). Please, note that in the case of the Anatomy Department, the 60 % limit is separately applicable for the neurohistology practicum, neuroanatomy oral/practicum and the cumulative written score achieved in the frame of the 2nd and 3rd SCs. If someone fails to reach the 60 % in the case of any of the subjects of a department then the student must take the examination on the appropriate subject(s) during the examination period (the actual dates will be determined later).
If someone reaches the 60 % limit of all departmental scores (i.e. all subjects), the ESE result can be calculated in the following way:
Total number of points score
0 – 59 points: fail
60 – 69 points pass
70 – 79 points satisfactory
80 – 89 points good
90 – 100 points excellent
If someone wishes to improve the result of her/his ESE, it can be done on any of the exam days (registration is required). Please note, that in this case all previous exam results are lost.
Details of the self-controls on a departmental basis:
Anatomy (neuroanatomy, neurohistology):
The total number of points available in the frame of the first SC:
Neurohistology practicum: 10 points
Neuroanatomy oral/practicum: 20 ponts
If the score of the first SC is less than 60 % (regarding either part of the SC) it can be repeated on the following week. Additional 20 points can be collected in the frames of the 2nd and 3rd SCs. The preconditions of the exam exemption: at least 6 points on histology practicum; at least 12 points on neuroanatomy oral/practicum and at least 12 points on the written tests.
Altogether 10 points can be collected in the frames of the 2nd and 3rd SCs. One must have at least 6 points for the exemption.
Altogether 40 points can be collected in the frames of the 2nd and 3rd SCs. One must have at least 24 points for the exemption. 4 extra points can be collected from neurophysiology practicals during the 14th academic week together with the Physiology closing lab. In case of a failure there is no possibility of improvement. Nevertheless, the maximum achievable neurophysiology score is 39 points and this extra 4 points is valid only and exclusively in the current academic year (students repeating Neurobiology can sign up for the end-semester neurophysiology closing lab again).