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Medical Technology 1 - An Organ System Based Approach

Module MW0056

This Module is offered by Chair of Medical Materials and Implants (Prof. Mela).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2021/2 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2021/2WS 2020/1SS 2018SS 2013

Basic Information

MW0056 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Focus Area Bio-Sensors in M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics
  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 60 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


In the module " Medical Technology 1 - an organ system based approach" the basics of therapeutic and diagnostic medical technology are taught and a specialization in biomedical applications is carried out. As a rule, the knowledge is taught in a three-stage systematic approach based on the organ systems of the human body: first, the anatomical-physiological basics are taught. Then the most important pathological conditions of the organ systems are addressed. Finally, the medical technology solutions for diagnosis and therapy of these diseases are presented.
The module "Medical Technology 1 - an organ system-based approach" focuses on the following organ systems (subject to change): integumentary system (skin), sensory system (especially eye), cardiovascular system, skeletal and muscular system. The module is complementary to "Medical Technology 2 - an organ system based approach", in which other organ systems are covered. The two modules are independent of each other.

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the module "Medical Technology 1 - an organ system based approach", students have the following skills:
- Extensive knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathology of organ systems
- Understanding of the functional principles of the corresponding medical diagnostic and therapeutic solutions
- Knowledge of the use of medical technology solutions in the medical environment
- Ability to apply the knowledge for own medical technology developments, for example in the form of bachelor, semester or master theses.



Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of a lecture and an exercise. In the lecture, the theoretical basics (e.g. anatomy, physiology and pathology of organ systems, functional principles of the corresponding technical diagnostic and therapeutic solutions) are taught in a structured and comprehensive manner. In addition to the lecturer's presentation, the teaching of the basics is also visually supported by videos. By integrating teaching units on basic knowledge that some students have already learned in previous courses (e.g. basic cell biology), all students should be brought to the same level of knowledge. The presented slides as well as further information will be made available to the students online via the Moodle learning management system in order to enable them to follow up the content on their own.
In the exercises, the acquired knowledge about the use of medical technology solutions can be further deepened by attending surgical operations, where both the disease patterns and the therapeutic measures can be demonstrated live and discussed with clinical experts. The exercise thus consolidates the knowledge by providing a connection to the real clinical environment. After the lecture, the students have the opportunity to ask the lecturer specific questions individually or in small groups. Through the question-answer format, further gaps in knowledge can be closed or individual areas of interest can be explored in greater detail. The lecturer will go beyond the contents of the lecture in the explanations in order to place the knowledge in a larger medical technology context.


PowerPoint slides, videos


- Anatomy and Physiology by OpenStax
- Medizin für Ingenieure, Gunther O. Hofmann, Hanser, 2021, ISBN 978-3-446-46423-0
- Materials for medical application, Robert B. Heimann, De Gruyter, 2020, ISBN 978-3-11-061924-9

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In a written examination (duration: 90 min.) the understanding of the gained technical knowledge is checked. The students should demonstrate that they are familiar with the anatomy, physiology and pathology of organ systems as well as the corresponding medical technology solutions and are thus able to critically evaluate medical technology problems. No aids (except writing materials) are permitted for the exam.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Medical Technology 1 - An Organ System Based Approach
Mon, 2022-02-14, 14:15 till 15:45 MI: 00.02.001
Interims II: 004
ZEI: 0001
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