MFEL1010 - Medicine for Non-Medical Students, Introduction

Teacher in charge: Associate professor Asbjørn Støylen

The subject offers a general introduction to medicine. It deals with aspects on the anatomy and physiology of the body, from cell to organs. A number of common diseases like heart attack, cancer, stroke and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, will be subject to more thorough treatment. Attention is drawn to how public healthcare is organized. Through the course students will also gain an insight into how patients are examined and treated when seeing a medical practitioner. The employment of technology is emphasized. Ethical dilemmas which might arise from the application of medical technology will be subject to discussion. The course gives 7,5 credits, which is an estimated 1/4th of the total work load during term.

Students must enroll both for the exam and the study to have access to It's learning. This must be done on StudWeb. Syncronization at NTNU central administration takes some time (usually less than 24 hour) and usually the student is active in It's learning in 24 hour after registration/enrollment in Studweb. If things take longer time, students are encouraged to contact the oracle-sevice (orakel) to check things out.


Cinnamon L. VanPutte/JenniferRegan/Andrew F. Russo: "Seeley's Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology"McGraw-Hill 7th ed. or later

This textbook defines the curriculum. Other textbooks in anatomy and physiology of similar size and depth, will cover most topics, and main principles, but may be slightly less relevant in terms of the exam. The textbook have summaries and illustration that are helpful to give the student understanding of the subject. The textbook also contains voluntary exercises that could be helpful for the students.


As the course is a web course, there is no fixed time schedule, the lectures can be taken  at will. 

Lectures are  available in English as films through It's learning. In addition all presentations are available as pdf-files at the same site. The lectures will give an introduction to general priciples about the organ systems, and offers an alternative to the textbook. In addition, there are lectures about medical technology, social medicine and ethics. Lectures not covered by the textbook are also core curriculum.

The course gives 7.5 credits. This corresponds to a fourth of a term's work, i.e. slightly over one day per week. Beginning too late in the term, may result in having too little time at the end of the term, as one hour lecture streams in one hour. Si it's not wise to procrastinate. It's also advisable to do the PBL assignments in the same week one acesses the relevant lecture and book chapter. 

Mandatory PBL assignemnts

Mandatory PBL-assessments must be solved and delivered in itslearning. The PBL assignments are not exercises in the text, these are available in the textbook and on the publisher's website. They are rather in depth learning, by presenting a case and encouraging the students to search the answers by using the available resources, including the net. They are available in English and Norwegian. Some of these must be delivered in midterm. The number of assignments is announced on the course homepage before start of term. The deadline for each assignment is shown next to the assignment in Itslearning.

All assignments have to be delivered within the deadline, and passed, in order to be allowed to take the exam. In order to pass, all answers have to be correct. You have two attempts per assignment. Assignments cannot be delivered after the deadline. Thus, the deadline is absolute. Any delivery problems must be documented by an e-mail before the expiry of the deadline.

If PBL-exercises are delivered and approved in an earlier term, but the exam was not passed or taken, it is not necessary to hand them in again. However, the information that the assignments are approved is only stored in FS, but not in itslearning. Thus, the assignments will be announced as not delivered / approved in the portal, but the information is still stored in the FS and will ensure that the exam is available.


Deadline for enrolment for exam in autumn semester is 15th of September.

Deadline for enrolment for exam in spring semester is 15th of February.

Enrollment for education and exam must be done at StudWeb

After deadline it is necessary to apply the exam office (Eksamenskontoret) for dispensation to enrol for exam. Information available at:

The exam attempt to test knowledge, understanding and application of knowledge. Former exams are available (answers included) on the net, and are instructive for the level of knowledge that is required to pass the exam, especially the last, from autumn 2006.

The exam consists of 40questions (MCQ). For every question only one answer is correct. Mark that from spring 2012 there are no choices between exam exercises,  all questions have to be answered.

Every correct answer gives 2.5 points, i.e.  maximum 100 points for 40 answers. There are deduction for wrong or missing answer (i.e. gives 0 point). Usually 65% correct answers (i.e. 65 points, 26 correct answers) are required inorder to pass.

The grades are "Passed"/"Failed".The answer sheets are not self copying,  and it is recommended to keep the exercise sheets for the final inspection before hand in. It is only the answer sheet that must be handed in!

Correct answers will be published on It's learning after end of exam.

Complaints folow standard procedures.