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Undergraduate course

Second Semester Medicine

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Objectives and Content

The course consists of two parts:

  1. An introduction to the Norwegian health care system, which includes patient contact and communication
  2. The human musculoskeletal system

The course consists of the following modules:

  • The human musculoskeletal system
  • Examination techniques of the human musculoskeletal l system
  • Practicum/work placement at hospitals and introduction to emergency medicine
  • Patient contact and communication


Due to capacity and infection control measures in the hospitals due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), clinical placement ("tidlig praksis") in hospitals is cancelled in the spring semester of 2021.

Possible alternatives to maintain the learning outcomes are considered. More information will come later, see Mitt UiB.

Learning Outcomes


After completing the course, the student will know:

  • The core structure of the Norwegian health care system
  • The concepts of professionalism and professional maturation, and their relevance to the medical education and the role of the doctor
  • The structure and function of the human musculoskeletal system, including surface anatomy


After completing the course, the student will able to:

  • Understand the division between the primary and specialist health care systems
  • Carry out a professional conversation with a patient about disease and health experiences
  • Conduct a basic clinical examination of the musculoskeletal system

General competence:

After completing the course, the student will be able to behave in a professional and dignified manner, in practice within the health care system and when conducting examinations of the musculoskeletal system.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Relevant information supplied on MyUiB/e-mail.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Participation in courses and essays during the semester is mandatory.

Forms of Assessment

3 hours written exam and oral/practical exam for 12 students on the patient contact module and 24 students for the musculoskeletal system module. The written exam accounts for 75 % of the total grade, the oral/practical exam for 25 %.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (corona virus) the exam will be held as an 3 hours digital home exam, in the spring semester 2021. Students will be excerpted for a mandatory oral conversation in patient contact and communication (PASKON). There will be an excerption for an oral conversation in the human musculoskeletal system as well if there will be activities at campus in May.

Grading Scale


Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (corona virus) a pass/fail grading system will be used in the spring semester of 2021.

Course Evaluation

Written evaluation using electronic/digital evaluation tool.

Regular meetings between course coordinators and the student representatives.



Department of Biomedicine

Course coordinator:
Knut Teigen, http://uib.no/persons/Knut.Teigen
Different teachers responsibile for each part of the course

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Skoleeksamen med mulighet for muntlig (New exam)

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Written examination

      11.10.2021, 09:00
      3 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam