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CM2018 Statistics for Medical Engineering 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus CM2018 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course main goal is training medical engineering students in making sound quantitative statistical analysis in their field of study. The course will focus on statistical modelling, hypothesis testing and statistics of agreement. Application of statistical theory to medical engineering (e.g. imaging, signal processing, clinical validations) will have a prominent role.

Students will be trained in selecting the most appropriate statistical method for a given situation, and in using optimization methods, statistical inference and regression beyond least-square methods.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course students will be able to:

-Handle and analyse, in a computationally efficient way, large data sets

-List and describe the most common statistical tools (specified in the course PM) used in medical engineering 

-Given a problem to solve or a situation requiring statistical analysis, identify the most suitable statistical tools for the task and deploy the chosen methods in the given context. 

-Identify and discuss the limits of validity of the statistical tools presented in the course 

For grade A students must also show to be able to adapt with slight modifications or combine different tools in order to attack problems that cannot be solved by straightforward application of the methods presented in the course. 

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed degree project 15 credits, 15 credits in mathematics and 6 credits programming, English B/6.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Homework, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Medical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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