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SSY180 - Medicine for the engineer  
Medicin för tekniker
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-10 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPBME
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle

Teaching language: English
Application code: 10114
Open for exchange students: Yes
Status, available places (updated regularly): Yes

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Examination, part A 4,0c Grading: TH   4,0c   25 Oct 2021 am L   12 Apr 2022 pm J,  17 Aug 2022 pm J
0207 Examination, part B 3,5c Grading: TH   3,5c   14 Jan 2022 am J,  12 Apr 2022 pm J,  17 Aug 2022 pm J

In programs

MPBIO BIOTECHNOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)
TIELL ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING - Common branch of study, Year 3 (compulsory elective)


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General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

None (except general eligibility for university studies).


This course teaches basic knowledge about the human anatomy and physiology to provide a platform for students whom are going to apply engineering principles in the process to develop health-related products and services for clinical diagnosis and therapy, and for the investigation of the physiological basis of diseases. The learning outcomes of this course are also general knowledge useful for any person having to handle issues regarding health hazards and diseases among employees at any workplace.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • describe which basic systems build up the human body and how they interact;
  • describe each system from both anatomical and physiological point of view;
  • describe the origin, symptoms and treatment of common disorders;
  • describe how the concept of homeostasis apply to each system.


In a first introductory part the Organisation of the human body, Biochemistry, Cells and Tissues are presented. Then basic information about the human body is provided system by system such as: the Skin, the Skeletal system, Joints, the Muscular system, Nervous tissue, the Nervous system, Sensation, the Endocrine system, the Cardiovascular system, the Lymphatic system, the Respiratory system, the Digestive system, Nutrition and metabolism, the Urinary system and finally the Reproductive system. Each system is presented in the same outline comprising an anatomic overview, a description of the physiological function and a description of common disorders.  In most areas the latest findings and discoveries regarding clinical rehabilitation methods and devices are briefly presented.


The course is composed by a series of lectures given by experts from the medical faculty. Lectures are scheduled 5-8 pm two times a week and can be followed without collision with other day time courses.


Tortora & Derrickson, Introduction to the Human Body, Wiley & sons, 11th ed. 2020. Lecture slides will be uploaded on the course homepage.

Examination including compulsory elements

Two written exams must be passed, one after half time and the other after the whole course. The grad is determined from the sum of the two exams. The exam consists of a mixture of multiple choice questions and short open questions. The exam questions are designed to give a test of that the students have obtained the knowledge stated in all the learning outcomes.

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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