Vorlesung und Seminar: Matlab in Biopsychology and Neuroscience - Details
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Course name Vorlesung und Seminar: Matlab in Biopsychology and Neuroscience
Course number 631720
Semester SoSe 2020
Current number of participants 21
maximum number of participants 27
Home institute Kognitive Neurowissenschaften und Biologische Psychologie
Courses type Vorlesung und Seminar in category Teaching
First date Wed., 22.04.2020 08:15 - 10:00
Participants * Anyone who wants to get a beginners introduction to Matlab.
* The course aims for
* 1st year Masters students in Biology and Psychology.
* PhD students from the GGNB programs.
* advanced Bachelor students with experience in empirical data collection and analysis (space allowing).
* No prior computer programming experience is needed. Basic skills in statistics, math and data handling are helpful.
Learning organisation Die Termine zu dieser Veranstaltung werden nach aktuellem Stand als Online-Termine stattfinden, auch wenn der Präsenzlehrbetrieb über den 20.4. hinaus ausgesetzt bleibt. Bitte beachten Sie, dass diese Veranstaltung derzeit als Online-Kurs geplant ist. Die Vorlesungen und Tutorien werden voraussichtlich per Videokonferenz abgehalten. Der auf dieser Seite veröffentlichte Zeitplan ist in Bezug auf die deutsche Zeitzone geplant: Mitteleuropäische Standardzeit (MESZ / UTC+2) und berücksichtigt die Sommerzeit (DST). Bitte beachten sie auch die Hinweise auf der Webseite zu dieser Veranstaltung (<https://www.dpz.eu/de/abteilung/kognitive-neurowissenschaften/lehre/vorlesungen/sommersemester-2020/matlab-ss-2020.html>.)

The dates for the course below will take place online according to the current situation, even if classroom teaching remains suspended beyond 20.4. Please be aware, that the course is currently being planned as an online course. The lecture and tutorial sessions will likely be held by video conference. The schedule as published on this page is planned with respect to the German timezone: Central European Standard Time (CEST / UTC+2) and takes Daylight Savings Time (DST) into account. Please also note the information on the website for this course (<https://www.dpz.eu/en/unit/cognitive-neurosciences/teaching/vorlesungen/sommersemester-2020/matlab-ss-2020.html>).

The introductory meeting and first lecture is taking place on Wednesday, April 22 at 8.15 online -
see homepage - https://www.dpz.eu/de/abteilung/kognitive-neurowissenschaften/lehre.html - for up-to-date information!

Course dates: (dates might be subject to change - see homepage for up-to-date information)

Wed 22.4.: 8.15-10h Matlab Course - introductory meeting & Lecture 1
Fri 24.4.: 14.15-16h Matlab Course - Lecture 2
Wed 29.4.: 8.15-10h: Matlab Course - Exercise 1
Wed 6.5.: 8.15-10h: Matlab Course - Lecture 3
Fri 8.5.: 14.15-16h: Matlab Course - Exercise 2
Wed 13.5.: 8.15-10h: Matlab Course - Lecture 4
Fri 15.5.: 14.15-16h: Matlab Course - Exercise 3
Wed 20.5.: 8.15-10h: Matlab Course - Lecture 5
Fri 22.5.: 14.15-16h: Matlab Course - Exercise 4
Wed 27.5.: 8.15-10h: Matlab Course - Lecture 6
Fri 29.5.: 14.15-16h: Matlab Course - Exercise 5
Wed 3.6.: 8.15-10h: Matlab Course - Exercise 6
Fri 5.6.: 8.15-10h: Matlab Course - Exam 

 Details about the course and the companion course Psychophysics (below) will be introduced during this preparatory meeting. Afterwards, you will have an opportunity to confirm your interest in participating in the course.

The number of participants in this course is limited and participation is only guaranteed after you receive a final confirmation of participation following the preparatory meeting.
ECTS points 3

Course location / Course dates

n.a. Wednesday: 08:15 - 10:00, weekly(7x)
Friday: 14:15 - 16:00, weekly(5x)
Fri., 05.06.2020 14:15 - 16:00
Fri., 10.07.2020 08:00 - 10:00


The course will teach the basics of Matlab and introduce tools that are often used in Psychology and Neuroscience. You will learn the skills needed to understand existing Matlab code and to develop your own Matlab programs.

The course consists of two parts: 

* a more theoretically oriented lecture with practical examples (2h/week),
* a tutorial in which the weekly homework exercises will be discussed (2h/week).

In order to be able to follow the lecture contents throughout the course period, it will be mandatory that the participants invest significant time into the weekly exercises.

Associated Course

After this Matlab course, in the second half of the semester, we will offer an associated course at the DPZ, in which you will be able to apply and intensify the learned skills. The course on Psychophysics by Prof. Stefan Treue will provide you with an opportunity to gather hands on experience in handling and analyzing data that you collected in your own experiments.

Course book: Matlab for Neuroscientists, by Wallisch et al., Academic Press, 2009 (excerpts available as PDF for course participants)

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "Placement in course with limited space: Matlab in Biopsychology and Neuroscience".
Pre-registration will allow you to attend a preparatory meeting. The number of participants in this course is limited and participation is only guaranteed after you receive a final confirmation of participation following the preparatory meeting. We recommend that you participate in the preparatory meeting even if you are placed on the waiting list, as space may become available at that time.

We offer an associated course in the second half of the semester (M.Bio.373), in which you will be able to apply and deepen your Matlab skills, as well as provide you with an opportunity to gather hands-on experience in handling and analyzing data that you collect in your own experiments.
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • The following categories of people are preferred during seat allocation:
    • Degree is Master Uni mit Abschluss and Subject is Developmental-N-B-Biology (181 persons)
    • Subject is Microbiology-Biochemistry and Degree is Master Uni mit Abschluss (135 persons)
    • Subject is Psychologie (1006 persons)
    • Subject is Biologie (1564 persons)
  • The enrolment is possible from 20.03.2020, 00:00 to 17.04.2020, 23:59.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 18.04.2020 on 03:59. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.

Registration mode

After enrolment, participants will manually be selected.

Potential participants are given additional information before enroling to the course.

The enrolment is binding, participants cannot unsubscribe themselves.