SK3531 Biomedicine for Engineers 12.0 credits

Biomedicin för ingenjörer

A crash course that covers a vast number of topics in physiology and cell biology. The main purpose is to enable the students, during their graduate studies and in the future career, to communicate with their colleagues/collaborators that have a biomedical background.

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

Information for research students about course offerings

Study periods 1 and 2.

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim of the course is to give an introduction to biomedicine to PhD students with a background in physics or mathematics, who start to work in research areas closely related to biology, bioinformatics or medicine.
After the course the student should:

  • be able to communicate with research colleagues/collaborators that have a background in cell and molecular biology or in medicine
  • have a good knowledge about the structure of the human body and about its organ systems and tissues
  • understand the structure of animal cells and function of the cell organelles
  • recognize the structure of major classes of macromolecules in the body
  • have a good understanding of the major processes and structures involved in the transport within the animal cells and in the communication of the cells with each other and with the environment
  • have a good knowledge about the major processes and structures in the basis of circulation, respiration, digestion, immune defence, energy generation, regulation of acid-base and water-salt balance, hormone action and neuronal signaling, and cell reproduction
  • be able to discuss ethical problems in biomedical research

Course main content

Anatomy: Main structures and features of the human body (systems, organs, tissues).
Cell biology: Structural components of the cells. Basic principles of such cellular functions as transport, cell-to-cell communication and intracellular signaling, energy production, cell reproduction.
Physiology: Basic principles of the human body functions, covering the circulatory system, respiration, digestion, immune and endocrine system, acid-base homeostasis, water and salt balance.


Lectures: 34 h
Seminar: 4 h


Enrolled PhD student.

Recommended prerequisites

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


  1. Despopoulos A., Silbernagl S.,Color Atlas of Physiology, Thieme.
  2. Alberts al.,Essential Cell Biology, Garland Science.

The editions used will be announced on the course webpage at least four weeks prior to start of the course.


The course is examined by a written exam (TEN1; 8.0 university credits, grading P/F),  a hand-in assignment (an essay about the PhD student's research studies in relation to the course content; INL1; 2.0 university credits, grading P/F) and a presentation on a seminar (SEM1; 2.0 university credits, grading P/F).

Requirements for final grade

INL1 - hand-in assignment, 2.0 university credits, grading P/F.
SEM1 - seminar, 2.0 university credits, grading P/F.
TEN1 - written exam, 8.0 university credits, grading P/F.

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics


Marina Zelenina (


Hjalmar Brismar <>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2014.