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Course content

The course focuses on the passive, electrical properties of biological tissue and how these depend on physiological and anatomical conditions. A thorough introduction to relevant instrumentation, modeling, and data analysis is given, as well as an overview of applications of these methods within healthcare and medicine.

Learning outcome

After completing the course:

  • you have knowledge about how biological tissues conduct electrical current and how electrochemical processes and relaxation phenomena affect this conductivity
  • you can assemble a measurement set-up to make measurements of electrical bioimpedance
  • you are familiar with statistical methods to relate measurement data to physiological conditions
  • you can choose the right type of electrodes and electrode systems for different measurement situations
  • you have knowledge about modeling current distribution in biological tissues, including using the finite element Method 
  • you can explain "exotic" electrical properties, such as memristance, universality and constant phase element
  • you know a variety of applications of bioimpedance measurements in medicine and healthcare
  • you have the ability to focus on a specific subject and write an essay on a bioimpedance application


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

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

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with FYS4239 – Electrical Bioimpedance

Information about overlapping courses may not be complete. Contact the Department of Physics if you require more information,


A mandatory essay must be handed in and approved to take the final exam. 

One hour of teaching/colloquium everyother week. 


To take the final exam the mandatory essay must be handed inn and approved.

A final oral exam (45 min), weighted 100% of the grade.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.


Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed exam at the beginning of the next semester.

New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn

Teaching language

Guided self-study