RAB1200 Anatomy, Physiology and Fundamentals of X-ray Images Course description

Course name in Norwegian
Anatomi, fysiologi og bildeforståelse
Study programme
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Biotechnology and Applied Chemistry
Radiography Programme
Year of study
FALL 2024
Course history


Language of instruction: Norwegian

The course provides a fundamental understanding of the structure of the human body, from the individual cell to the large organ systems and the functioning of organs. Knowledge of topographical anatomy is a prerequisite for being able to locate anatomical structures that appear in images produced by means of diagnostic imaging methods. Physiology is likewise important to carrying out dynamic diagnostic imaging examinations. This knowledge is vital to sound professional practice as a radiographer.

Required preliminary courses

The student must have been admitted to the study programme.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge and skills:


The student can

  • explain the anatomical structure and function of the musculoskeletal system
  • explain the structure and function of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems
  • explain the physiological processes in the respiratory system, circulatory system, kidneys and urinary tract, digestive system, and nervous system
  • explain the body's movements, axes, planes and directions
  • describe axes, planes and directions in medical images


The student can

  • apply Latin names and terminology for muscles, joints, ligaments, nerves, positions, directions of movement, axes and planes
  • identify different organs and structures in medical images
  • palpate different bones and joints

General competence

The student has

  • broad knowledge of human anatomy and physiology
  • knowledge of the body's physiology for conducting dynamic diagnostic imaging examinations
  • knowledge of topographic anatomy to be able to locate anatomical structures depicted by diagnostic imaging methods

Teaching and learning methods

The work and teaching methods include flipped classroom, lectures, seminars, skills training and self-study. In seminars, students study the subject matter in depth. This course uses digital learning resources in the form of video lectures, digital tests and exercises.

Course requirements

The following must have been approved before the student can take the exam:

  • a minimum attendance of 80% at scheduled seminars and skills training sessions
  • individual multiple choice test, up to 2 hours, in accordance with set criteria


Supervised individual written exam, combination of multiple choice and free text assignments, 3 hours

Permitted exam materials and equipment

No aids permitted

Grading scale

Grade scale A-F


Free text assignment: All answers are assessed by one internal examiner.

Multiple choice test: quality assured by an internal examiner and automatically assessed

The assessment scheme is evaluated regularly. An external programme supervisor participates in the evaluation and provides advice on further quality work in the study programme.

Overlapping courses

9 ECTS overlap with RAD1200 Anatomy and Physiology.