SK2530 Introduction to Biomedicine 6.0 credits
Introduktion till biomedicin
Educational levelSecond cycle
Academic level (A-D)D
Grade scaleA, B, C, D, E, FX, F
PeriodsAutumn 13 P1 (6.0 credits)
End date2013 week: 44
Language of instructionEnglish
Number of lectures22 (preliminary)
Number of exercises
Form of studyNormal
Number of placesNo limitation
ScheduleSchedule (new window)
Course responsibleMarina Zelenina <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Part of programme
- Master (Two Years), Applied and Engineering Mathematics, year 2, Recommended
- Master (Two Years), Computer Science, year 1, CSCG, Conditionally Elective
- Master (Two Years), Computer Science, year 2, CSCG, Conditionally Elective
- Master (Two Years), Computer simulation for Science and Engineering, year 2, Mandatory
- Master (Two Years), Machine Learning, year 1, MAIC, Mandatory
- Master (Two Years), Machine Learning, year 2, MAIC, Conditionally Elective
- Master (Two Years), Systems Biology, year 1, Mandatory
The overall aim of the course is to give a general introduction to biomedicine to students with background in physics or mathematics, interested in the interdisciplinary field between physics/mathematics and biomedicine.
After the course the student should be able to:
- in their future professional practice, successfully communicate with colleagues that have a biological background
- describe the structure of the human body at the level of integrative systems, organs, tissues, and cells
- recognize the major processes and structural constituents in the basis for neuronal signaling, respiration, immune defence, energy generation, regulation of acid-base and water-salt balance
- identify the major processes and structures involved in the transport within the animal cells
- classify the major driving forces for transport of various substances between the cells and extracellular space
- understand the major processes that allow the organism to function as a whole (neuronal signaling, immune defense, hormone action)
Course main content
Anatomy (4 hours): Main structures and features of the human body (systems, organs, tissues).
Cell biology (4 hours): The structural components of the cells. Basic principles of cellular functions: transport, metabolism, signaling, reproduction.
Physiology (14 hours): Basic principles of the human body functions, covering the nervous system, respiration, digestion, immune and endocrine system, acid-base homeostasis, water and salt balance.
For external students the following are required: 120 credits within natural sciences and engineering or corresponding knowledge and documented proficiency in English B or corresponding knowledge.
No prerequisites, except high-school biology, is required.
1. Despopoulos A., Silbernagl S., Color Atlas of Physiology, Thieme.
2. Alberts B.et al., Essential Cell Biology, Garland Science.
(The editions used will be announced on the course homepage at least four weeks prior to start of the course).
- TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Requirements for final grade
The course is examined by written exam (TEN1; 6 university credits, grading A/B/C/D/E/Fx/F).
SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics
Marina Zelenina, email@example.com, tel 08-5537 8032
Marina Zelenina <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The course corresponds to the first part of the more extensive course SK2531, Biomedicine for engineers.
Course plan valid from:
Examination information valid from: Autumn 07.