About the course (a proposal in prep.)
The course is given in the framework of elective periods (4 weeks in January, 6 ECTS/SP) for students in medicine, odontology, mathematics, computer science, or physics at the University of Bergen, and engineeering students at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL). The content is contributed by joint collaboration between the Department of Biomedicine, UiB and the Department of Computing, Mathematics and Physics, HVL Campus Kronstad.
Level of study: 3rd – 6th study year
Language of instruction: Norwegian (English if exchange students are enrolled in the course). The course material will be in English.
Semester of instruction: First four weeks of the spring term.
Objectives and content
The objective and content of the course addresses
- The computational mindset in future medicine – pros et cons.
- A guided tour of some mathematical and statistical
modeling techniques in biomedical and clinical applications. Examples and demonstrations will be related to in vivo imaging and integrated quantitative physiology,
imaging-derived biomarkers, omics data, and sensor data.
- Operational principles of selected sensors and measurement devices in biomedical research and clinical practise – from smartphones to MRI scanners.
- The concepts of "big data", “data analytics”, "machine learning", and "deep convolutional neural networks" with examples from
personalized and predictive medicine.
- Throughout the course, the students will use principles and tools from
data analysis, and
scientific computing for medical applications. This will provide an introduction to e.g.
R, Python, and Jupyter notebooks, and "the cloud" for data storage and computations.
- The concepts and importance of "open science", "data sharing", and "reproducible research".
- Knowledge: Be able to characterize and provide compelling examples in the fields of “computational medicine” and
"biomedical engineering" and their relevance to future clinical medicine.
- Skills: Establish skills in finding and using modern software tools for
data analysis, visualization and reporting (e.g. figure / graphics production), and communication relevant to medical research and clinical practice.
- General competence: Acknowledge the importance of mathematical models and computations in the analysis and understanding of complex physiological systems and disease processes, and the need of cross-disciplinary collaborations in future medicine.
Required previous knowledge
- Preferably passed the first two study years in medical school, or first two years in engineering school within the disciplines computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or first two study years in the bachelor program of mathematics, informatics, or physics.
Recommended previous knowledge
- For the medical students, recommended previous knowledge includes organ physiology, anatomy, and cell biology / molecular biology at the level of passed second year into the medical curriculum, and having curiosity/interest in technology, mathematics, and computer science. Medical students on the research track are welcome to take the course. For the engineering students and students in mathematics, informatics, or physics, recommended previous knowledge includes calculus / linear algebra and computer programming at the level of the second year of engineering school or bachelor programs, together with an interest in biological and medical phenomena and applications.
Credit reduction due to course overlap
Access to the course
- Students enrolled at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, or Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, UiB (or other university) and engineering students at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (or other engineering college, e.g. Erasmus student).
Teaching methods and extent of organized teaching
- The teaching methods consist of "blended learning" and "flipped classroom"
- Two days of introductory and motivational lectures incl. demonstrations.
- E-learning modules (pre & per & post course).
- Two assignments with peer assessment: (i) one assignment related to modern e-infrastructure of computational science (computing environments / IDE, data repositories, source code versioning systems [GitHub] etc.), (ii) one assignment “in tandem” being related to a specific topic within (bio)medicine among several predefined choices, where preferably one engineering student and one medical student work together. This project will be presented orally at one of the course meetings.
- Four meet-ups (one team based learning (TBL) session) / group meetings with lecturers / TAs.
- Digital final exam.
Compulsory assignments and attendance
- Two compulsory assignments and an oral presentation, with a peer assessment component.
Forms of assessment
- Final MCQ digital exam. The exam counts for 40% of the final course grade. The assignments and oral presentation count for 60%.
Examination support material
- No examination support material.
- ECTS grading scale A to F.
- Four weeks in January from the beginning of the semester.
Number of students
- Minimum 5, maximum 20 students.
- Reading list will be available at Mitt UiB and the course web-site within December 1st the year before the course is given.
- Department of Biomedicine, prof. Arvid Lundervold - in collaboration with Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Campus Kronstad, Bergen, assoc. prof. Alexander S. Lundervold.
- Department of Biomedicine
Motvation and vision for the course
Professor at the Department of Biomedicine, University of Bergen
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Alexander S. Lundervold
Associate professor at the Department of Computing, Mathematics and Physics, Bergen University College
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