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HL1007 Medical Engineering, Basic Course 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus HL1007 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The most important concepts and fundamentals in: medical terminology, medical physiology, anatomy and histology, pathology, diagnosis and therapy.

Medical and technical aspects on technical methods used in physical diagnosis, cardiopulmonary physiology, clinical neurophysiology, diagnostic radiology, internal medicine and treatment, surgery, intensive care, obstetrics, radiotherapy and medical engineering industry and market.

Intended learning outcomes

The course gives an introduction to medical diagnostics and therapy as well as an understanding of how the physician works. The objective of the course is to give an introduction to medical terminology, physiological and medical principles and medical engineering methods for diagnosis and therapy. After the course, the students should be able to understand medical and medical engineering problems and communicate with physicians, medical engineers and representatives from research and development as well as industry.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

General eligibility for university studies in Sweden, i.e. completed upper secondary education including documented proficiency in Swedish and English. and passed 120 cr. of studies in science and/or technology at university level. Excemption from Swedish when the course is given in English.

Recommended prerequisites

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"Medical Devices: Use and Safety", Bertil Jacobson & Alan Murray, Churchill Livingstone 2007, ISBN-13 978-0-443-10259-2 and supplementary material sold by the course-giving department.

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


  • TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 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 web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web HL1007

Offered by

Main field of study

Medical Engineering, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Mats Nilsson,

Supplementary information

The course is intented for students in year 3-5 at the five year engineering programmes at KTH and as the first course on the master programme in Medical Engineering.

The course replaces the former course HL2006, with the exceptiion that HL2006 had a part about radiation physics. That part has been transferred to the course HL2013.