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Trends in Medical Engineering 1

Module MW0715

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 2020/1

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 2022/3WS 2021/2WS 2020/1WS 2011/2

Basic Information

MW0715 is a semester module in English language at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

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

  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The module "Trends in Medical Engineering 1" deals with current aspects of medical technology. The topics are selected within current trends. Examples can be: minimally invasive heart valve replacement, additive manufacturing in medical technology, cell-based therapies, dialysis technology, multimodal imaging, tissue engineering and biohybrid systems.
In addition to a lecturer's presentation, the topics will be treated and discussed on the basis of current scientific literature. In this interactive course, students learn how to deal with scientific literature by identifying the most important contents of scientific publications and presenting them to the group. This is intended to introduce the students to the newest research results and discuss them with the lecturers.
The module is complementary to the module "Trends in Medical Engineering 2". The two modules are independent of each other.

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the module “Trends in Medical Engineering 1” students have the following skills:
- Basic knowledge and interdisciplinary understanding of the diverse medical technology topics presented
- Understanding and evaluation of scientific publications from different areas of medical technology
- Extraction of essential information from a publication
- Preparation of a scientific presentation on the state of the art on the topic, considering the contents of the papers
- Interdisciplinary evaluation of innovations
- Critical assessment of the scientific value of the publications


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Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Trends in Medical Engineering 1 Ahrens, M. Jodeit, F. Mansi, S.
Responsible/Coordination: Mela, P.
Thu, 13:00–15:00, MW 1401
UE 1 Trends in Medical Engineering 1 Ahrens, M. Mansi, S.
Responsible/Coordination: Mela, P.
Tue, 09:00–10:00, MW 3408
Tue, 09:00–10:00, virtuell

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of a lecture and an exercise. The lecturer or an external expert give an overview talk on the basics of the respective topic. Afterwards, a group of students is given a selection of scientific publications on the topic, whose contents must be summarized in a PowerPoint presentation by the next seminar date and presented to the fellow students. The seminar thus consists of the didactic elements of frontal teaching, work with scientific literature and own presentation.
In the exercise the students are supported in their work with scientific literature and in preparing the PowerPoint presentation. Additionally, a feedback session takes place after the presentation.
Students are expected to extract technical and scientific knowledge from the lecturers’ and guest experts’ presentations. Students should also learn how to prepare a scientific presentation on the state of the art in the subjects dealt with, taking into account the contents of the publications, to critically assess the scientific value of the publications and to acquire additional medical technology knowledge.


PowerPoint slides, videos


Boron, W.; Boulpaep, E. (2016) Medical Physiology (3rd ed.). Elsevier.
Paperback ISBN: 9780323427968
eBook ISBN: 9781455733286
Hardcover ISBN: 9781455743773

Tortora, G. J. (2004) Principles of Human Anatomy (10th ed.). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
ISBN13: 9780471420811
ISBN10: 0471420816

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The assessment consists of a presentation given by each student during the lecture (10 min) and a written examination at the end of the semester (60 min). The weighting of the two parts in the final grade is 30% and 70% respectively.
1. Presentation: The student presents a selected topic to their fellow students based on current literature (10 min). In addition to the understanding of the topic, the students’ ability to present the knowledge didactically in a good way and to make their own assessments is also examined. The grading of the presentation will be based on the presentation style, the didactic quality of the presentation and the slide design.
2. Written exam: In a written exam (duration: 60 min) the understanding of the gained technical knowledge of cutting-edge medical technology is checked. No aids are permitted for the exam.
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