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HL1201 Medicine and Medical Engineering, Basic Course 12.0 credits

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Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus HL1201 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course disposition

The medicine part of the course:

The course is given partly through lectures, but also in seminar form where selected parts of the course literature are processed. For increased understanding, laboratory exercises are performed where physiological measurements are performed. The lectures, seminars and labs are voluntary. The last part of the course is a group work in basic pathology. The pathology group work is compulsory and is carried out in period 2.

The Medical Engineering part of the course:

The course is given entirely through lectures

Course contents

The medicine part of the course:

The part of the course focusing on medicine deals with physiology and basic anatomy for the: nervous system, musculoskeletal system, circulation, respiration,immune system fluid, balance, nutrition, endocrine system and reproduction. The course also includes medical terminology. Finally, the acquired physiological understanding is used to study diseases of the organ systems.

The medical engineering part of the course:

In the part of the course focusing on medical engineering, technical methods for diagnostics and therapy are dealt with in the following areas: clinical physiology, clinical neurophysiology, clinical chemistry and microbiology, diagnostic radiology, internal medicine and therapy, surgery, intensive care, obstetrics, oncology and hospital physics.  

Intended learning outcomes

The medicine part of the course:

After completing the course the student should be able to explain physiology and anatomy in the following areas:

·         The nervous system

·         The musculoskeletal system

·         The endocrine system

·         Reproduction

·         Circulation

·         Respiration

·         Fluid balance

·         Metabolism

·         The immune system

and be able to use basic medical terminology and to describe basic pathology.

The medical engineering part of the course:

After completing the course the student should be able to:

* Describe and explain medical engineering methods for diagnostics and therapy

* Compare medical engineering methods with respect to basic physical principles and field of application

* Apply the acquired medical engineering knowledge to medical issues

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, 2018. ISBN 978-91-44-11594-8

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

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


  • REDA - Oral exam, 0.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Written exam, 7.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TENB - Written exam, 4.5 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



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, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Mats Nilsson (, Mattias Mårtensson,

Supplementary 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 HL1201