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Course content

  • Since time immemorial man has done imaging using his senses. Modern technology now gives us new opportunities for imaging.
    Examples are the human body, the surface of the earth, the sea floor, or oil reservoirs under the sea floor. Imaging is the science of creating images in different media and with different methods.
  • This course uses simple laboratory exercises and problem solving to introduce various imaging methods. The emphasis is on explaining basic principles.
  • In addition the course will survey the similarities between methods, and show how simple physical principles are used to create various forms of images.

Learning outcome

The objective is to give an introduction to imaging:
Get a cross-disciplinary understanding of imaging.

Know the various physical principles for imaging and how they are used in various applications.

Get a practical introduction to imaging through laboratory exercises

Examples of applications that will be covered are:

  • optical imaging (sight, binoculars, telescope, earth observation satellites),
  • imaging in medicine with computer tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR), positron emission tomography (PET) and ultrasound
  • imaging of the sea floor and fish using sonar
    seismology for mapping of earth quakes
  • mapping of oil reservoirs with seismics


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 or Mathematics (S1+S2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies. Read more about special admission requirements (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

MAT1100 – Calculus and INF1000 – Introduction to object-oriented programming (continued)/INF1100 – Introduction to programming with scientific applications (continued)

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with INF-GEO4310 – Imaging (discontinued)


3 hours of lectures and maximum 3 hours of group work each week. Mandatory lab assignments must be accepted in order to take the exam.


A three hour written or oral exam.

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.

Course auditor: Luren Yang

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Note that the first lecture is mandatory.

Facts about this course






The course is continued as INF-GEO4310 – Imaging (discontinued)

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)