Second Semester Medicine

Undergraduate course

Course description

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
  • Patient contact and communication

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.

ECTS Credits

8 ECTS credits

Level of Study

Undergraduate course

Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Teaching and learning methods
Varied forms of teaching will be utilized.
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



  • Written assignmnent in the Patient Contact module.
  • 2 hours written exam in the musculoskeletal system module.

Grading: Pass/Fail

Grading Scale
Pass / Fail
Reading List
The reading list will be available by June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.
Course Evaluation

Written evaluation using electronic/digital evaluation tool.

Regular meetings between course coordinators and the student representatives.

Examination Support Material
Simple, bilingual dictionary, that must be reviewable, meaning that one of the languages must be English, or a Scandinavian language.
Programme Committee
Programme Committee for the cand. med. degree programme.
Course Administrator
The Department of Biomedicine