Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

Medical terminology. General diagnostics. Electrophysical methods like ECG, EEG, EMG, defibrillator and pacemaker. Measurement techniques for respiration and circulation. Methods for intensive monitoring. clinical/chemical measurement techniques. Disinfection/sterilisation, sensors. Imaging techniques: X-rays, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, magnetic resonance. Supporting instrumentation like incubator, respirator, anaesthesia machine and dialysis machine. Surgical techniques with diathermy and laser.

Learning outcome

The course aims to give students a foundation to:

  • Explain the different medical imaging systems, compare advantages and disadvantages, understand the limitations and find the best suitable method for different pathological diagnoses.
  • Explain and describe different diagnostic measurement methods for identification of human biopotentials and their necessary instrumentation.
  • Explain and describe different diagnostic measurement methods for different humane variables and their necessary instrumentation.
  • Explain and describe different therapeutic methods of treatment where electrical medical equipment are a vital part of the method and their necessary instrumentation.
  • Analyze and evaluate the effect of different diagnostic and therapeutic methods, their risk potential, physical principles, opportunities and possibilities for different medical procedures.
  • Have a basic understanding of medical terminology, relevant for biomedical instrumentation.
  • Understand and describe the physical and medical principles used as a basis for biomedical instrumentation.
  • Understand the elements of risk for different instrumentation methods and basic electrical safety.
  • Understand the position of biomedical instrumentation in modern hospital care.

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Overlapping courses


The course extends over a full semester with 4 hours of lectures per week.


  • Written midterm exam, 2 hours, which counts 40% towards the final grade.
  • Final oral or written exam, which counts 60% towards the final grade.

The written midterm exam must be passed before you can sit the final exam.

The form of the exam is decided by the number of students signed up for the course.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS9250 – Biomedical Instrumentation

Examination support material

All written materials allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 24, 2020 4:11:46 PM

Facts about this course


If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)