Introductory Neuroscience & Neuro-Instrumentation

By Prof. Mahesh Jayachandra   |   IISc Bangalore
Learners enrolled: 308
This course is a systems, design-oriented course aimed to provide exposure to Neuroscience and its importance in the real world. Neuroscience and Neuro- Instrumentation are popular research areas and this course is an introduction to both. The emphasis is on Electro-physiology with an introduction to standard Biological Stimulators and signal conditioning circuits. Expected course outcomes:
• Introduction to EEG and Event-Related Potentials (ERPs).
• Introduction to Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) and its applications.
• Applications using ERPs to screen for disorders of Cognition.
• Introduction to ERP stimulators and signal conditioning circuits.
• Demonstration of EEGLab and ERPLab for EEG and ERP signal processing

Engineering Students, Faculty from Engineering Colleges, Medical Students
PREREQUISITES Basic Electronics
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 24 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 02 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Neurophysiology, Basic Operation of Human Brain
Week 2: EEG introduction, EEG recording systems, Understanding EEG waveforms, Applications of EEG analysis
Week 3:  Epilepsy a classic Neurophysiological disorder, Types of Epilepsy, Role of EEG Signal Processing for Epilepsy Classification/ Screening
Week 4: Signal Conditioning for EEG and ECG signal processing with demonstration of ECG signal processing circuits
Week 5: Cortical Auditory Event Potential (CAEP), Different Event Related Potentials and their applications: MMN and P300.
Week 6: EEGLAB and ERPLAB Signal Processing Demo using MATLAB
Week 7:  Brain Computer Interface: Introduction, Applications, Existing BCI Sensors
Week 8: Electrophysiology Techniques for BCI: Technologies of BCI kits, Recording Brain Waves In humans and animals, “Touching” Infrared, Epidermal Electrodes
Week 9: Completing the BCI Loop in Humans without Neurosurgery: Designing Magnetic stimulators
Week 10:Invasive Techniques to acquire neurological signals, Types of implants and signal conditioning systems
Week 11: Tetrodes Fabrication, Microneedle Fabrication, Implanting Tetrodes and microneedles on a rat model
Week 12:Design and Fabrication of Closed Loop Rat Training System, Signal acquisition and post-processing

Books and references

  • Samson Wright's Applied Physiology, 2008 Keele A. Cyril
  • Principles Of Neural Science, 2012 Kandel & Schwartz
  • The Oxford Handbook of Event-Related Potential Components, 2011, Steven J. Luck (Editor) & Emily S. Kappenman (Editor)
  • The Art of Electronics 3rd Edition , 2015 Horowitz & Hill

Instructor bio

Prof. Mahesh Jayachandra

IISc Bangalore
Dr Mahesh Jayachandra is a Physician Researcher specialized in Neurophysiology, both Experimental and Cognitive. He is Facility Technology Manager (Neurophysiology) at Center for Bio-Systems Science and Engineering, IISc. He is also Adjunct Faculty and Head, Lab of Cognitive Neurophysiology, Division of Mental Health & Neuroscience, St. Johns Research Institute, Bangalore, and Head, Bio-Engineering Group & Rat Cyborg Project Coordinator at NDRF(IEI), Bangalore. He received his MBBS from Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune, MD (ECFMG, USA) and PhD from the Neural & Behavioral Sciences Program, SUNY-Health Sciences Center, Brooklyn, New York. He completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation, Yale University, New Haven, CT; Dynamic Brain Imaging Laboratory, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, The Bronx, NY; and the Program in Cognitive Neuroscience & Schizophrenia, Nathan Kline Institute of Psychiatric Research, Orangeburg, NY.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IISc Bangalore.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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