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Medical Science A, Anatomy and Physiology 7.5 Credits

Medicinsk vetenskap A, Anatomi och fysiologi
First cycle, M0048H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2016 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
Medical Science
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
On completion of the course the student should:
  • Be able to describe the normal structure and function of the human body
  • Explain the importance of different nutrients and human nutritional requirements
  • Be able to palpate the front protruding bones and muscles in the human body
  • Adequately take care of an apparently lifeless individual.
This knowledge constitutes a basis for coming theoretical and practical courses and is a precondition for providing secure and safe care

  • Anatomic nomenclature
  • Basic physiological processes
  • Cells
  • Tissues
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Nervous system and endocrine system
  • Gastro-intestinal tract and metabolism
  • Nutritional physiology
  • Circulatory system including the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system and the respiratory organs
  • Dissection lab
  • Palpation lab
  • CPR

Regular studies: Teaching methods vary, with individual studies, individual work and collaboration in groups, laboratory sessions, and lectures. Laboratory sessions are compulsory. Distance studies: Teaching is based on individual and group studies of the literature with reflection on the content. The studies are carried out by means of detailed aims and instructions as presented in the study guide. As support for individual studies, the student is offered lectures via the distance-bridging technology, Adobe Connect Pro. Other teaching material is distributed in LTU's LMS-system Canvas. Anatomy and Physiology can be practiced using digital quizzes in Canvas. During the campus weeks, the material studied will be deepened through laboratory sessions, lectures and discussions with the teachers. Resource times scheduled as needed. Laboratory sessions are compulsory.

The course is examined in the form of an individual written examination in anatomy/physiology and nutrition. CPR is examined in the form of a practical oral examination with the intention to offer a confident and patient safe care.
Alternative examination formats may be used.

This is a first-cycle course. Study supervision is provided in the course room in Canvas. A Pass grade in this course constitutes the specific entry requirement for placement courses and the thesis.

Transition terms
From autumn 2010 Pulse and Blood Pressure has been moved from M0048H to M0039H The Musculoskeletal System has been moved from M0039H to the course M0048H. The course M0039H has new course code from autumn 2013 M0073H.

Johan Kruse

Literature. Valid from Spring 2016 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Lindskog, B.I. & Andrén-Sandberg, Å. (2008 and later). Medicinsk terminologi. (5th., [rev.] ed.) Stockholm: Norstedts Akademiska.
Lundh, B. & Malmquist, J. (2009 and later). Medicinska ord: det medicinska språket : begrepp, definitioner, termer. (5th., [rev. and ext.] ed.) Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Sand, O. (2007 and later). Människokroppen: fysiologi och anatomi. (2nd. ed.) Stockholm: Liber.
Skolin, I. (2010 and later). Näringslära för sjuksköterskor: teori och praktik. (1st. ed.) Stockholm: Norstedt.
Vigué-Martin, J. & Martín Orte, E. (2006 and later). Atlas över människokroppen. (1st. ed.) Stockholm: Lib

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

0004Basic Life Support0.5U G#
0010Written individual exam nutrition0.5U G VG
0011Dissection0.1U G#
0012Written individual exam anatomy/physiology6.0U G VG
0013Semiinar in palpation0.2U G#
0014Seminar cell0.2U G#

Syllabus established
by 01 Apr 2008

Last revised
by 15 Feb 2016