MFEL3010 - Medicine for Students of Natural Sciences and Technology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 3 hours

Course content

The course will give a fundamental introduction to selected fields in physiology and pathophysiology. This course is more in-depth than the corresponding course on the 1st year level (MFEL1010). The main purpose is to illustrate how physiology interacts with technology.

In addition there will be given an introduction to the use of medical technology in diagnostics and treatment; background, chemical and physical principles and technology.

There will be given an introduction to medicine as a subject, both as an applied science, and medical evidence based practice, and what that implies.

Finally, there will be an introduction to the scientific methods that are specific to medicine: Epidemiology, clinical studies and evaluation of diagnostic methods, and their statistical basis. Further, implications in limitations in diagnostics and treatment will be addressed, with an emphasis on over-diagnostics and over-treatment.

Detailed course information, including texts and web-based links (recommended) as well as required readings will be announced online.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student will have gotten an introduction to physiology on a more penetrating level, within selected fields. 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 technology in imaging, molecular biological 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

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MD4011 7.5 01.09.2011
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

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: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100

Release 2020-11-28

Submission 2020-11-28

Release 09:00

Submission 12:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Home examination 100/100

Release 2021-06-10

Submission 2021-06-10

Release 09:00

Submission 12:00

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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