Neuroscience of Human Movements

By Prof. Varadhan   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 704
Neuroscience of Human Movement will focus on the neural system responsible for movement generation, movement control and learning of actions. The course will start from the very basics of neuroscience and build theory to understand the movement control system in relatively good detail and depth. The successful student of this course will be able to appreciate in-depth, the brain processes that control movement. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Students with an interest in Neuroscience

PREREQUISITES          : Motivation & open-mindedness is the only pre-requisitel

INDUSTRY SUPPORT  : This course will prepare individuals with no knowledge of neuroscience to become knowledgeable about neuroscience of movements
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1  : Introduction, Membrane Physiology, Nernst Equation, GHK Equation, Action potential
Week 2  : Neuromuscular Junction, Skeletal Muscles
Week 3  : Skeletal muscles, Motor Units 
Week 4  : Receptors, Muscle Spindles, Golgi Tendon Organs, Spinal control
Week 5  : Monosynaptic, Oligosynaptic & Polysynaptic reflexes,
Week 6  : Preprogrammed reactions, Spinal control, Overview of motor control system, Primary Motor cortex – Part 1
Week 7  : Primary Motor cortex – Part 2, Lesions, Brain Machine interfaces
Week 8  : Primary Motor Cortex – Part 3, Role of Cerebellum in movement control
Week 9  : Role of Cerebellum in movement control
Week 10 : Parietal & Pre-motor cortex
Week 11 : Role of Basal Ganglia in movement control
Week 12 : Role of Basal Ganglia in movement control

Books and references

  1. Kandel & Schwartz, Principles of Neural Science, 2012, McGraw-Hill.

Instructor bio

Prof. Varadhan

IIT Madras
Dr. Varadhan SKM is an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engg at IIT Madras. His research interests are in the area of Neural control of movements, Motor learning, and Dexterous object manipulation in the presence of static and dynamic perturbations (See website for more details). He teaches courses on Biomechanics, Neuromechanics, Engg Mechanics, Biomedical Instrumentation, Quantitative Physiology.

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: 29 October 2022 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 IIT Madras. 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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