Cardiovascular Biology, 7.5 credits

Kardiovaskulär biologi, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Medical Biology

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Programme course


Lasse Jensen

Course coordinator

Lasse Jensen

Director of studies or equivalent

Jordi Altimiras
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
MMEM1 Experimental and Medical Biosciences, Master's Programme 2 (Spring 2021) 202103-202107 English Linköping, US E
MMEM1 Experimental and Medical Biosciences, Master's Programme 4 (Spring 2021) 202103-202107 English Linköping, US E

Main field of study

Medical Biology

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master's Programme in Experimental and Medical Biosciences

Specific information

The course aims at communicating current understanding of the pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, arrhythmias and heart failure. Modern pharmacological and interventional therapies for such pathologies will be discussed. The course is elective semester two or four in the Master’s Programme in Experimental and Medical Biosciences.

Entry requirements

The special eligibility requirement is the possession of the Degree of Bachelor of Sciences in a major subject area with relevance for biomedical sciences. This could include previous studies at faculties of medicine, technology/natural sciences, odontology or veterinary medicine. A major part of courses included in the Bachelor degree should be in subjects such as biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, gene technology, microbiology, physiology, immunology, histology, anatomy, and pathology.

Applicants must also have documented skills in English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English B). For applicants who have not studied in Swedish upper secondary education, skills in English are normally attested to by means of an international language test.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student will be able to:
Knowledge and understanding

  • Describe the mechanisms involved in different cardiovascular pathologies
  • Understand the most commonly used clinical procedures in the evaluation of cardiovascular function

Competence and skills

  • Analyze how therapeutical treatments contribute to cure or alleviate the extent of the different pathologies
  • Develop practical laboratory skills in manipulating and processing tissue sample from cardiac and vascular tissue

Judgement and approach

  • Critically evaluate current research in the field of basic and clinical cardiovascular biology

Course content

  • Vascular tone and the vascular biology of hypertension
  • Endothelial dysfunction and nitric oxide
  • Genetic basis of hypertension
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • The biology of atherosclerosis: progress and challenges
  • Vascular Imaging
  • Plaque rupture, myocardial infarction and stroke
  • Pharmacological therapies of heart failure
  • Heart regeneration
  • Molecular mechanisms and clinical implications of angiogenesis
  • Pathophysiology of cardiac arrhythmias
  • Sudden death, long QT syndrome and HERG channels

Teaching and working methods

General: Linköping University Master’s Programme in Experimental and Medical Biosciences applies student-centered learning among which Problem Based Learning (PBL) is one pedagogical philosophy and method. To prepare the students for future employment, practical and experimental work in laboratory settings are important parts of the programme in courses as well as in individual projects.
Specific: In this course lectures, seminars, literature studies, demonstrations and laboratory work are used.


Compulsory items
Active participation in the compulsory parts is necessary to pass the course, and assessment of them is carried out continuously. Compulsory parts in this course are: laboratory work and seminars.

Individual written examination
Individual written report including peer review of other students’ reports
Laboratory report (group assignment with individual assessment)

Scope of re-examination
The extent of a re−examination shall be similar to the regular examination

Change of examiners
Students who have failed the course or part of the course twice are entitled to request another examiner for the following examination occasion, unless specific reasons are present.

Registration for examination
The procedure for registration should be stated prior to the commencement of each course. In other respects, regulations concerning examination and examiners are applied in accordance with Linköping University policy.


Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

The planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the course plan. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees will the course plan.

The course is carried out in such a way that both men’s and women’s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

If the course is withdrawn, or is subject to major changes, examinations according to this course plan are normally offered on a total of three occasions within one year, one of them in close connection to the first examination.


Institutionen för biomedicinska och kliniska vetenskaper
Code Name Scope Grading scale
SEM1 Seminar 1.5 credits U, G, VG
LAB1 Written Laboratory work report 3 credits U, G, VG
EXAM Written examination 3 credits U, G, VG
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