MFEL3010 - Medicine for Students of Natural Sciences and Technology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 3 hours KALKULATOR

Course content

The course gives a fundamental introduction to selected fields in cellular physiology, neurophysiology and circulation physiology, as well as related pathophysiology. The main purpose is to illustrate how physiology interacts with technology, illustrated by a fundamental introduction to the modes of medical imaging: X-ray, CT, MR, nuclear imaging (SPECT/PET) and ultrasound, as well as ECG. Technological treatment methods in circulation physiology will also be shown. In addition, an introduction to basic training physiology and oxygen uptake will be given.

The second objective is to illustrate medicine, both as a practice with weight on evidence based practice, and an applied science with weight on the scientific methods typical for medicine: epidemiology, clinical studies and diagnostic evaluation. The emphasis is on the statistical basis of these subjects. Understanding of statistical principles is an advantage, but not prerequisite. The course will show how statistical methods can be applied, but do mainly not intend to teach the practical use of statistical methods.

Further, fundamental problems and limitations in applying diagnostics and treatments to populations, especially false positives and negatives, positive and negative predictive value, and over diagnosis and over treatment will be addressed.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student will have gotten an introduction to selected fields in physiology. Within these fields, an understanding of the connection between function and disease is expected. Further, the students will have gotten an introduction to methods in medical imaging, ECG and some molecular diagnostics and technological methods in treatment. A level of understanding enabling the student to draw conclusions about relevant use of this diagnostics / treatment is expected. Finally, the students will get an introduction to scientific methods in medicine. A level of understanding about validity of, and limitations in, medical evidence and diagnostics is expected. Further, an understanding of medicine as an academic field is expected, both the evidence base, and the difference between scientific evidence and evidence based practice. The fundamental issue is the limitations that a statistical evidence base sets for practice.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures. Lectures are to a great degree videotaped, and can be accessed online. Mandatory term assignment is submitted via web.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignment

Further on evaluation

For re-sit exams, the written examination must be completed over again.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

The lectures define the curriculum. Relevant learning materials will be available via the web (blackboard), and consists of lecture videos, lecture notes, selected review papers and web links. There is no textbook, as the topics are too diverse to be covered by a single textbook.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MD4011 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
MD4012 7.5 AUTUMN 2022
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Medical Technology
  • Medical Physics
  • Medicine
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 KALKULATOR 2022-12-02 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 21
SL111 orange sone Sluppenvegen 14 60
SL111 grønn sone Sluppenvegen 14 50
SL110 lilla sone Sluppenvegen 14 62
SL110 hvit sone Sluppenvegen 14 62
SL110 turkis sone Sluppenvegen 14 78
SL271 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 2
SL323 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL319 Sluppenvegen 14 1
S410 Smaragd 2
SL120 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 21
Spring UTS School exam 100/100 KALKULATOR 2023-06-07 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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