Medium of instructions English
Mode of learning Self study
Mode of Delivery Video and Text Based
Learning efforts 4-5 Hours Per Week
The Cellular Mechanisms of Brain Function programme by edX provides intelligence to the learners in the concepts of brain functions which includes membrane potential, cable properties, ion channels, action potential, whole-cell recordings, voltage-gaining kinetics, synaptic transmission, neurotransmitter release, electron microscopy, presynaptic dynamics, glutamate receptors, synaptic plasticity, benzodiazepines, and dendritic spines.
This programme helps the candidate to understand the fundamental concepts of neuroscience which are related to the functions of the mammalian brain. Cellular Mechanisms of Brain Function course also provides an outline of the biophysical mechanisms of signalling in the neurons. The candidate will also learn about various receptors in the brain. The brain functions are studied through various biophysical mechanisms using mice. Various modern methods are also discussed in this programme to study the working of the mammalian brain.
The verified and shareable certificate is provided to all the candidates on completion of this programme. The certificate can be easily shared to resume or CV. It can also be shared with the LinkedIn profile of the learner.
8 weeks course duration
Course provided by EPFLx institute
Requires effort if 4 to 5 hours per week
Certificate awarded by edX
Intermediate level programme
- Video sessions
- Discussion forum
Course and certificate fees
Type of course
The course can opt at free of cost if the candidate chooses audit track of the course
The candidate must pay Rs.10,412 to pursue the verified track of the course
The fee details of the course are mentioned below for the reference of the candidate
Note: Coupons are provided on the website, the candidates can use the coupons to avail of additional discount in the fee.
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Who it is for
The Cellular Mechanisms of Brain Function online course provided by edX is mainly developed for the benefits of the following participants
All candidates who wish to understand the concepts of cellular functions of the brain can attend this programme.
The candidate must possess basic knowledge of biology, mathematics, chemistry and physics to attempt this course. All candidates who are interested to take up this programme can register.
Certification Qualifying Details
The candidate must enrol in the verified track of the programme and score more than 50% in the total score to receive a certificate from edX. The 60% marks from quiz questions and 40% marks from the final exam is taken to calculate the final score. The quiz questions are asked at the end of every video session.
What you will learn
The candidates will understand the following concepts by pursuing the Cellular Mechanisms of Brain Function programme by edX.
The candidate will understand the concepts like action potential and membrane potential
They will also understand the working of synaptic transmission and neurotransmitter release
Concepts like glutamatergic circuits, dendritic spines and synaptic plasticity are also discussed in this programme
The participant will understand about cell membrane and ion channels through this course.
They will also gain knowledge in the topics like voltage-gating kinetics and voltage-gated channels.
The candidate will also learn about GABAergic inhibition and GABAergic projections in the brain
They would also understand the behaviour and functions of the brain
The difference between the human and rat brain is discussed in this programme.
The learner will understand the concepts of sensorimotor interactions and sensory perception
The candidate would understand about various receptors in the brain including the glutamate receptor.
The participants can follow the registration steps to get admission for the Cellular Mechanisms of Brain Function course provided by edX.
Step 1: The participant must click the link https://www.edx.org/course/cellular-mechanisms-of-brain-function
Step 2: The participant must possess an account to register for the programme. They can create accounts using Facebook or Google or email addresses.
Step 3: Then, they must log in to the website.
Step 4: Then the participant shall search for the course and click the “Enroll” button to register for the course.
Step 5: As soon as the participant clicks the button, they will be enrolled in the audit track of the programme.
Step 6: If the candidate needs a certificate, then they must upgrade to a verified track by clicking “Upgrade Now”.
Step 7: The participant must add personal and banking details and click “place order” to confirm.
Step 8: When the payment is confirmed, the participant will be enrolled in the verified track of the programme.
Imaging the brain in action
The action potential
Inhibitory synaptic conductance
Controlling brain function
In vivo electrophysiology
Action potential propagation
The cell membrane
Man and mouse
Brain function and behaviour
Financial assistance is provided to the selected candidates who submit the financial aid application. Up to 90% concession in fee amount is given to the candidates. The candidate can find more details regarding scholarships on the website. The candidate can also apply coupons to reduce further amounts in fees.
How it helps
The Cellular Mechanisms of Brain Function programme provided by edX offers knowledge to all its participants in the concepts of mammalian brain functions. Cellular Mechanisms of Brain Function programme offers better job opportunities to all its participants by equipping knowledge and skills. Learning this course would make the learner understand concepts of neuroscience that would help them to cure brain diseases and answer unsolved questions about the mammalian brain. As this programme covers neurological functions of the brain it would help the participants to develop rational therapies for many brain diseases.
Videos, Quizzes and discussion forum makes the course more interactive. As the programme is self-paced, the candidate can pursue at their own pace. As the sessions are handled by experienced instructors, it adds more value to the programme. Financial aid is also provided to the needed participants to want to achieve their goals in their career.
The certificate offered at the end of the programme motivates the candidate to complete the course. Cellular Mechanisms of Brain Function certificate can be easily shared to the resume and CV of the learner. It can also be posted directly to the LinkedIn profile of the candidate. The certificate has more value as it is verified by the institution and signed by the instructor.
The participants of the audit track of the programme can access the course only till the end of the programme. Those participants will lose their progress when the course gets over.
Yes, study materials are provided. In addition to the video materials, notes are also provided. The candidate can see the study materials on the course notes page.
The duration of the Cellular Mechanisms of Brain Function programme is 8 weeks. The candidates must spend at least 4 to 5 hours a week to get a better understanding of the topics.
All candidates who have basic knowledge of biology, maths, physics, and chemistry can attend this programme. There are no eligibility criteria to attend this programme.
The candidate will understand various mechanisms of the mammalian brain. They will learn the working and thought process of the brain. The building blocks like synapse and neuron are detailed.
Yes, deadlines are given to upgrade the programme to a verified track. The learner shall look at the website to find more details. If the candidate fails to upgrade the course he/she will lose progress when the course gets over.
No, the participants from the audit track are not provided with the certificate. Only the verified track users are provided with the certificate.
The candidate can track their progress in the progress page. Graphs are plotted to track the progress. The candidate can find the assessment score on that page.
The first criteria are, the participant must enrol in the verified track of the course and the second criteria is, they should maintain more than 50% marks in total points to receive a certificate.
The grades are calculated based on the performance of the candidate in the final exam and quizzes. 60% marks are taken from weekly quiz questions and the remaining 40% marks are taken from the final exam.
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