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HL1010 Systems Biology 7.5 credits

The course will provide a basic understanding of the inner organs of the human body, in terms of their structure and function. The aim is to provide knowledge about the normal physiology and the most common pathological changes affecting different organs. An important part of the course is practical exercises that examines different physiological parameters.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus HL1010 (Autumn 2010–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Anatomy, physiology and pato-physiology in the following areas will be studied: Heart and circulation, respiratory system, gastro-intestinal system, kidneys, body fluids and acid-base balance, and endocrinology.

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide basic theoretical knowledge about the physiology and pato-physiology of the human body. Practical exercises will demonstrate the use of clinical equipment and methodology for study of different physiological parameters and diagnosis of pathological changes. The acquired biomedical knowledge will provide a basis for improving and developing new clinical techniques.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligibility for studies at KTH including knowledge corresponding to Mathematics D, Physics B and Chemistry A.

Anatomy and Physiology equivalent to HL1201 Medicine and Medical Engineering, Basic Course or HL2006 Medical Enginnering, Basic Course

Recommended prerequisites

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Tortora & Derricksson, Principles of Anatomy & Physiology, 11th ed., 2006

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


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Practical exercises and written examination.

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 HL1010

Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Stefan Eriksson,

Supplementary information

Notice that the final schedule is not yet decided and the dates can be changed.