HL1201 Medicine and Medical Engineering, Basic Course 12.0 credits

Medicin och medicinsk teknik

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

In the part about medicine first medical terminology, anatomy, histology and genetics is discussed at a general level. After that basic overviews follow, organised after classical system physiology: nerve and muscle, pain, circulation, respiration, kidney and fluid balance, digestion and nutrition, endocrinology and reproduction. The acquired physiological understanding is finally used to study general pathology.

In the part about medical engineering diagnostics and treatment are discussed, as well as the relationships with the technical methods that are used within physical diagnostics, clinical physiological diagnostics, clinical neurophysiology, radiological diagnostics, internal medicine and treatment, surgery, intensive care, obstetrics, oncology and medical physics.

Intended learning outcomes *

The course is intended for persons without traditional medical education that needs a basic medical knowledge for usage in the working life, e.g. students in medical engineering. On completion of the course, the aim is that the student should be able to: 

*  Define and use basic medical terminology and language

*  Define and describe at a general level the basics of histology and anatomy

*  Describe and explain the function and anatomy regarding the different organ systems in the human body

*  Describe aetiology, symptom and treatment for more important diseases in the different organ systems

*  Describe and explain medical engineering methods for diagnostics and treatment

*  Compare medical engineering methods regarding basic physical principles and field of use

*  Apply the acquired medical engineering knowledge on medical issues

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Basic and specific requirements for five year engineering programs at KTH, Physics B/ Physics 2, Chemistry A/ Chemistry 1 and Mathematics E/ Mathematics 4.

Recommended prerequisites

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Henriksson & Rasmusson: Fysiologi med relevant anatomi, Studentlitteratur, 2013. ISBN 978-91-44-08462-6

M Lindén & P. Åke Öberg: Jacobsons Medicin och teknik, Studentlitteratur, 2006. ISBN 91-44-04760-6

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Examination and completion

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • TEN1 - Examination, 7.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN2 - Examination, 4.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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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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Mats Nilsson

Further information

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Course web HL1201

Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

Main field of study *

Medical Engineering, Technology

Education cycle *

First cycle

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Mats Nilsson, mats.nilsson@sth.kth.se;

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.