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F6L5025 Technology and Health 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus F6L5025 (Spring 2016–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Research leaders join forces to present and explain the theoretical and methodological basis for their discipline using one or several important pieces of work in the field as examples. The workshop discusses strengths and weaknesses of the approach and considers applications in varying areas. The course has an emphasis on sustainability in technology and health. The areas covered in the workshops are:

  • Humans and technology in interaction
  • Images in medicine
  • Human tolerance, physiology in extreme environments
  • Delivery of care
  • Making innovations work
  • Safe medical devices
  • Sustainability in technology & health

Intended learning outcomes

The course will provide the student with skills to:

  • describe the different relationships between technology and health
  • demonstrate an understanding of the concepts ontology, representativity, validity, inference
  • critically analyze the strengths and weaknesses of theories and methodologies presently applied to the field of technology and health
  • compare methodological approaches in the field technology and health and draw conclusions about their relevance and applicability to his/her own doctoral studies
  • reflect on what the concept of sustainable development can mean in their own PhD project, as well as in the field of technology and health based on social, economic and ecological aspects

Course disposition

A series of half‐day workshops focusing on the different research areas and methods within technology and health (INL - 4.5 etcs; PRO - 3 etcs)

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Accepted for doctoral studies at KTH or KI.

Recommended prerequisites

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Litteratur kring varje forskningsområde motsvarande ett pensum på två arbetsdagar per workshop. Litteraturen tillhandahålls före workshops

Literature representing each research area, at a study-load of two days per workshop, provided in advance of workshops

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

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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.
  1. Active participation in all workshops
  2. Written summary linked to each workshop uploaded, including review of given literature
  3. Written report of 5-8 pages giving a theoretical overview and reflections of the different research areas presented, plus a critical application of theories and models to the student’s own research
  4. Oral presentation of above with opposition of another student/group's work.

Other requirements for final grade

Fulfilled requirements as given above; inability to attend one workshop is compensated with an extra written assignment, missing two is not permissible.

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 web

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Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Peta Sjölander

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at STH/System Safety and Management