Biomedical Systems I

Num­ber: 209800 
Event Type: Lecture and Exercises 
Module Representative: Priv.-Doz. Dr. Martin Hexamer 
LecturerPriv.-Doz. Dr. Martin Hexamer 
Language: German 
SWS: 3 
CP: 4 
   Start: Thursday, 10/13/2022 
   Lecture with Exercises: 12:15 - 02.​45 PM, ID 04/413 
    Date by arrangement with the lecturer. 
   Type of Exam:oral
   Exam Registration:Flex­Now
   Duration:30 min



After successful completion of the course, the students have basic knowledge in essential sub-areas of physiology as well as some diseases directly related to the subject matter. Some medical-technical procedures are presented. The students acquire the competence to independently deepen their acquired knowledge with the help of the relevant specialist literature (standard works of physiology/medical technology). By learning the special technical terminology, they are able to express themselves technically correctly.


The lecture deals with the physiological basics of important functional/organ systems. In the selection of material, care was taken to ensure that primarily those subsystems are dealt with which are frequently affected by diseases and in whose diagnostics/therapy there is a strong penetration of medical technology.

Lecture contents are:

  • Basics of neuronal information conduction and processing: bioelectrical processes at nerve cell membranes (equilibrium, resting and action potential), neuronal impulse conduction, basic building blocks of neuronal information processing (synaptic activation/inhibition, spatial and temporal summation, lateral inhibition, etc.).
  • The sensory system (somatovisceral sensitivity): Basic knowledge of different sensor types, measurement conversion (transduction and transformation) and further processing.
  • The motor system: physiology of the muscle, neuronal control of muscles, spinal and supra-spinal sensorimotor function, electromyogram, reflex diagnostics.
  • Structure and function of the autonomic nervous system (ANS): sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, medulla oblongata, hypothalamus, neuro-humoral interface, notes on the endocrine system.
  • The cardiovascular system: structure, heart mechanics, electrical excitation processes in the heart, circulatory system, regulatory processes, measurement of circulatory parameters.
  • Respiration: structure of the respiratory system, respiratory mechanics, alveolar ventilation, gas exchange, respiratory regulation, spirometry, measurement procedures with indicator gases.




Basic lectures


  1. Wer­ner, Jür­gen "Bio­me­di­zi­ni­sche Tech­nik - Au­to­ma­ti­sier­te The­ra­pie­sys­te­me", De Gruy­ter Ol­den­bourg Ver­lag, 2014
  2. Kurtz, Armin, Pape, Hans-Chris­ti­an, Sil­ber­nagl, Ste­fan "Phy­sio­lo­gie", Thie­me, 2019
  3. Bran­des, Rolf, Lang, Flo­ri­an, Schmidt, Ro­bert F. "Phy­sio­lo­gie des Men­schen: mit Pa­tho­phy­sio­lo­gie", Sprin­ger, 2019


In WiSe 2022/23 the lecture will take place in presence. You will get all the necessary information in the introductory lecture. Should the infection situation make a change necessary, the introductory lecture will take place as a ZOOM conference. You will find the relevant link on the Moodle pages of the course. The password for self-enrolment is "EKG".

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