Psychiatry - An Overview and How the Brain Creates Mind

By Prof. Alok Bajpai   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 1245
This course is intended for medical students both UG and PG (from any speciality) as an introduction to Psychiatry and other mental health issues. It will be useful for Psychology and Neurosciences students too as it provides an overview of Psychiatric illnesses and their treatment as well as the biological /psychological basis of behavior.

This course intends to introduce the human brain and its processes especially with regards to electrochemical activity, the issues of mind and consciousness. It also indicates towards further possibilities of research.
Anyone with an interest in Human brain can join. Just a basic understanding of Brain would suffice. It should be useful for students of Neurosciences, Psychology , Medical and people working at brain computer interface. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE :  MBBS doctors,undergraduate in Psychology, neurosciences and Post Graduate students in any medical discipline.Any one interested in Psychology, Physics & The Brain
PRE-REQUISITES :  No Specific Courses Required. Basic Knowledge about Brain should suffice.
INDUSTRIES SUPPORT : Health, Pharmaceutical,Psychology; Brain computer interface
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 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 - Brain and Behaviour –approaches
Week 2 - Diagnostic process in Psychiatry
Week 3 - Psychiatric Disorders and their treatment-1
Week 4 - Psychiatric Disorders and their treatment -2
Week 5  : Brain to Mind-- and how do we know it---(essentially single neuron to multiple) Brain and gross specialization --- areas , right-left ,association ,connectivity and our tools to learn including  EEG 
Week 6  : Being Conscious -- Dynamics --- how do we learn about it from EEG
Week 7  : Cognition,Memory,Emotion -- Normal and Pathology
Week 8  : Sleep Brain and Future-- with interactive session

Books and references

  1. Synopsis of Psychiatry –Kaplan and Sadock
  2. Oxford textbook of Psychiatry
  3. Cognition, Brain, and Consciousness: Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience, 2nd Edition by Bernard J. Baars (Author), Nicole M. Gage (Author)
  4. Principles of Neural Science, Fifth Edition (Principles of Neural Science (Kandel) by Eric R. Kandel and James H. Schwartz

Instructor bio

Prof. Alok Bajpai

IIT Kanpur
Dr. Alok Bajpai has been trained in Psychiatry at National Institute of Mental health and NeuroSciences (NIMHANS) Bangalore. He did his DPM, MD and is currently practicing at Kanpur and is also the Psychiatrist with Counselling cell, IIT Kanpur. His research interest are in Physics of Brain, Sleep and EEG.

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: 27 March 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 6 assignments out of the total 8 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 Kanpur .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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