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SK2532 Biomedicine for Engineers 7.5 credits

The course provides an introduction to biomedicine for students with a background in engineering. The purpose of the course is to prepare the students for studies in biophysics and biotechnology by providing the basic knowledge needed for dealing with biomedicine related tasks as an engineer.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK2532 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Cell structure and components. Biomolecules. Basic principles of cellular functions: transport, metabolism, signaling and reproduction. The structure of tissues and organs and their function. Basic principles for how an organism, e.g. a human, functions at the system level. Ethical aspects in biomedical research.

Intended learning outcomes

The course provides an introduction to biomedicine adapted for students with a background in engineering.

After completing the course, students should be able to:

  • describe the basic structure and function of molecules, cells, tissues and organs in living organisms
  • describe mechanisms and structures for the transport of various substances within and between cells
  • describe basic processes for the cell's energy supply and cell renewal
  • describe from cellular to organ level the mechanisms that make an organism function as a whole (metabolism, neuronal signaling, immune system, hormonal action)
  • identify and critically discuss ethical issues that occur in biomedical research

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed course SK1104 Classical physics.
Completed course SK1105 Experimental physics.

English B / English 6

Recommended prerequisites

No prerequisites, except high-school biology, is required.


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Alberts al., Essential Cell Biology.

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


  • INL1 - Hand in assignment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 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



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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Course web SK2532

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Main field of study

Engineering Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Marina Zelenina (