Course: Applied biophysics

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Course title Applied biophysics
Course code KPK/ABFYZ
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 1
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Krejčí Jakub, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Biocybernetics, transmission and transition response. Control circuits. Control of upright standing position, mathematical and physical model. Expert systems. 2. Tissue impedance, specific conductivity and permittivity. Two-electrode and four-electrode measurement methods. Bioimpedance and body composition measurement. 3. Ultrasound, properties and propagation in tissues, Doppler effect. Ultrasound convertors and probes. Ultrasonography. 4. Human voice, anatomy of the vocal tract, source-filter theory. Types of sounds, frequency spectrum. 5. Muscle action potentials, muscle fibre and motor unit. Electromyography, surface and puncture electrodes, EMG signal amplification and processing. 6. Assessment of spine shape, RTG and non-radiographic examination methods, Cobb method. Prevalence of scoliosis. Optimisation of examination positions. Semi-automatic assessment of a large sample of persons.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Demonstration
  • Semestral Work - 8 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 6 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 13 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim is to deepen the students' knowledge of biophysics with an emphasis on the explanation of biophysical principles of selected medical diagnostic devices. Information about this course was translated to English within the project Internationalization of the Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University, Olomouc, No. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0028, co-funded by the European Social Fund and the Government of the Czech Republic.
The student is able to explain the physical principles of selected diagnostic devices used in medical care.
Knowledge of the content of the anatomy, biophysics and physiology courses.

Assessment methods and criteria
Dialog, Seminar Work

Minimum attendance 75%, submission of a written project on a given topic.
Recommended literature
  • Glaser, R. (2012). Biophysics, an introduction. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Hobbie, R. K., & Roth, B. J. (2007). Intermediate physics for medicine and biology. New York: Springer.
  • Hrazdira, I., & Mornstein, V. (2001). Lékařská biofyzika a přístrojová technika. Brno: Neptun.
  • Hrazdira, I., Mornstein, V., & Lechner, J. (1999). Biofyzikální principy lékařské přístrojové techniky. Brno: Masarykova univerzita.
  • Javorka, K. (2008). Variabilita frekvencie srdca. Martin: Osveta.
  • Kirsten, F., & et al. (2010). Introduction to biological physics for the health and life sciences. Chichester: Wiley.
  • Navrátil, L., Rosina, J. et al. (2005). Medicínská biofyzika. Praha: Grada Publishing.
  • Trojan, S. (2003). Lékařská fyziologie. Praha: Grada Publishing.

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