FYS9250 – Biomedical Instrumentation
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
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.
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
PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.
If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.
PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with FYS4250 – Biomedical Instrumentation.
The course extends over a full semester with 4 hours of lectures per week.
There will be one compulsory project assignment that must be approved in order to take the final exam. The compulsory project will be an in-depth project where the candidate compare three different diagnostic technologies used for the same diagnosis and give an analysis of advantages/disadvantages, limits, and posibilities. (E.g.: CT/MR/PET)
- Written midterm exam, 2 hours, which counts 40% towards the final grade.
- Final oral or written exam which couants 60% towards the final grade.
The midterm exam must be passed before you can sit the final exam.
The form of the final 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: FYS4250 – 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.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: