Health and Technology from a human perspective

180 ECTS credits (start autumn-11)
This programme occasion will not start autumn semester 2011!

Overview

Profile - General Content

Applied health technology is a new, interdisciplinary subject that combines technology with health, care and nursing. A knowledge platform that can bridge accelerating development in technology and an area of use that is multifaceted and complex is considered to be enormously important. The subject applied health technology is a technical subject that highlights and explains the area: health, care and nursing from the point of view of the individual and the population. The aim of the subject is to create greater potential for application, innovation, research and development of technical applications within this domain.
The aim of the programme Human Being, Health and Technology is for the student to develop knowledge and understanding of how technology can be used to promote health. Health care is a complex operating area with a wide range of different perspectives on technical requirements. The student will therefore be provided with knowledge in several areas that can be anticipated to facilitate technical application:
- The student will acquire knowledge in the handling of requirements and procurement/investment technology as well as IT security, which affects technology within healthcare, and could benefit in various contexts from strategic processes related to, for example, purchasing (or sales) and development of technology within care and nursing.
- The student will acquire knowledge related to technical application within a number of areas such as nursing, public health and medicine, and will be able to benefit in different contexts from innovation and/or research and development projects in both the public and private domain.

Qualification Awarded

The degree programme leads to the first cycle degree of
Bachelor of Science.
Main field of study: Applied Health Technology.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2011-August-29 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Level

First cycle

Main field of study

Applied Health Technology

Programme manager

Number of seats

30

Admission

Prerequisites

Read more about general admission requirements.

Admission Criteria

If there are more applicants who satisfy the admission requirements than there are places available when the programme is due to start, a selection process is used. The process is as follows:

All qualified applicants are placed in one or more selection groups in parallel and then take part in the selection process within each group.
Selection based on grades:

BG - a comparison figure on a 20-point scale
The final grades from high school programmes, leaving grades from a high school program, adult education college, grades for programs taken abroad and grades transcripts.

BF - Assessment
An adult education college certificate of general/basic qualification and a study assessment. The allocation of places between the two grades groups is made in proportion to the number of applicants in each group.

SA - late applications
This selection group is intended for late applications. Applicants who submit a late application are placed in this selection group and are allocated a merit rating based on the date of receipt of the application.

Test selection:

HEC - National university aptitude test
In the national university aptitude test all qualified applicants with a valid national university aptitude test result are included. The minimum pass result for participation in the sample selection is 0.1 credits.

Other applicants:

Applicants who satisfy the qualification requirements but lack a merit rating can only be admitted on condition that all persons in the above groups have been offered a place.

DA - Direct admission can take place in special cases following individual review.


Allocation of places:

In conjunction with admission to a programme, 67% of the places are allocated based on grades and 33% based on a test. Applicants who satisfy requirements for both selection groups must be included in both.

Qualified applicants with the same merits:

If two or more applicants for an application alternative on the first cycle or second cycle level have the same merit rating, priority is given to the underrepresented gender. Thereafter the places are allocated through the drawing of lots.

For complete information about the selection process, see the BTH admission regulations.

Admission Procedure

Read about the admission procedure.

Recognition of prior studies and studies abroad

Student who has been admitted to the programme and has earlier completed a course that corresponds to a course within the programme, can apply for recognition of prior studies. If possible, the student will be offered admission to an alternative course. Studies abroad within the programme can normally be partly or fully recognised. In these cases a decision is made via the Learning Agreement, prior the study period.

Read more about studying abroad.

Practical Information

Practical information is found under 'Prospective students'.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2011-August-29 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Level

First cycle

Main field of study

Applied Health Technology

Programme manager

Number of seats

30

Learning Outcomes

Profile - General Content

Applied health technology is a new, interdisciplinary subject that combines technology with health, care and nursing. A knowledge platform that can bridge accelerating development in technology and an area of use that is multifaceted and complex is considered to be enormously important. The subject applied health technology is a technical subject that highlights and explains the area: health, care and nursing from the point of view of the individual and the population. The aim of the subject is to create greater potential for application, innovation, research and development of technical applications within this domain.
The aim of the programme Human Being, Health and Technology is for the student to develop knowledge and understanding of how technology can be used to promote health. Health care is a complex operating area with a wide range of different perspectives on technical requirements. The student will therefore be provided with knowledge in several areas that can be anticipated to facilitate technical application:
- The student will acquire knowledge in the handling of requirements and procurement/investment technology as well as IT security, which affects technology within healthcare, and could benefit in various contexts from strategic processes related to, for example, purchasing (or sales) and development of technology within care and nursing.
- The student will acquire knowledge related to technical application within a number of areas such as nursing, public health and medicine, and will be able to benefit in different contexts from innovation and/or research and development projects in both the public and private domain.

Learning outcomes


Following completion of the programme the student shall:
- Be proficient with regard to knowledge in medicine, nursing and public health in order to develop a knowledge platform with a technological focus on health and ill-health from the point of view of the individual and the community.
- Be proficient in information technology, such as programming, database technology, interaction design and system architecture, in order to be able to understand where, when and how different technical solutions within health, care and nursing can be applied and developed beneficially.
- Be able to independently and critically search for, process, benefit from and mediate information and scientific knowledge in the field of applied health technology.
- Be proficient in terms of basic knowledge in information safety in order to understand how the constantly expanding use and integration of information systems in healthcare also affect the vulnerability of this domain. - Be proficient in the basics of organisation, health economics, administration law and investment technology related to health, care and nursing in order to be able to develop know-how in managing requirements, procurement and purchasing strategies that can satisfy demands made within the public sector. - Understand how work within applied health technology requires the adoption of an ethical standpoint. - Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the subject area of applied health technology and how different scientific disciplines can be integrated, processed and applied within this field.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2011-August-29 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Level

First cycle

Main field of study

Applied Health Technology

Programme manager

Number of seats

30

Structure

Mode of delivery

The programme is conducted in co-operation between the School of Health Science and the School of Computing at Blekinge Institute of Technology. The programme is equivalent to 3 years of full-time study. The courses that are included in the programme are run on campus.
All courses run during terms 1-4 are compulsory. A student can, in consultation with the programme director, take another course during terms 5 and 6 (a total of three courses), as an alternative to the courses offered within the programme at the School of Health Science and the School of Computing at Blekinge Institute of Technology or at another centre of education in Sweden or abroad.
Each year is concluded with workplace-based training in the form of a project comprising 7.5 HEC, apart from the final year when a degree project comprising 15 HEC must be completed.
The workplace-based training takes place in industry, at a county council, within a municipal authority or in another national/international organisation. In consultation with the course director the student applies for a place based on his/her area of interest. The objectives of the programme are achieved through the courses that form part of the degree. Assessment and examination take place on the course level and details of examinations and grading are to be found in each syllabus. During the course of the programme each course is evaluated and the course evaluations form the basis for future development.

Year 1

TH1401 Applied Health Technology - Introduction (15 HEC)
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge and understanding of how different technical solutions can be applied to different perspectives of healthcare and nursing within the subject of applied health technology.

DV1102 Foundation Course, IT (7.5 HEC)
Designing and developing information and communication technology requires certain basic knowledge and skills within these areas. This course aims to help the student to develop basic knowledge regarding the applications of computer technology and concepts and terminology that are common within the IT field. The student will also acquire basic knowledge related to the build-up and function of computer systems and web design. The student will also develop a certain insight into aspects of data security.
KM1406 Anatomy and Physiology (7.5 HEC)
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge of the human being's normal physiological and anatomical conditions.

XXYYYY Introduction to Ill Health (7.5 HEC)
The aim of the course is for the student to be aware of and understand the most common states of ill-health with appropriate, associated terminology.

OM1404 Basic Nursing (7.5 HEC)
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire fundamental knowledge of the human being's basic and specific nursing requirements: physical and mental as well as social, cultural and spiritual. A further aim of the course is to acquire basic knowledge of the nursing process.

DV1406 Web Design and Usability (7.5 HEC)
In line with the implementation of what has been termed the 24-hour authority, demands are increasing to expand availability to websites. The need for websites with web pages that meet W3C code standards are on the increase as a result of the rise in the use of alternative web browsers. Examples are readers for people with impaired sight and web browsers in a palmtop computer or mobile telephone. The aim of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge of the design of well-structured, availability-adapted websites according to the XHTML standard with Cascading Style Sheets and with account taken of usability and availability for separate web browsers and target groups.

XXYYYY Applied Health Technology, Project Course 1 (7.5 HEC) The aim of this course is for the student to develop a capacity to apply theoretical knowledge from previous courses in the programme to an operating area. The student shall also, by employing a health technology approach, acquire knowledge of development and change processes and following completion of the course present the planning of a development and change project within an area of the profession.


Year 2

XXYYYY Applied Health Technology, Advanced Course (15 HEC)
The aim of the course is to introduce the student to different aspects that are of significance to how technology can be applied within healthcare and medicine, from the point of view of health economics and in organisational terms. The course also aims for the student to be able to develop basic knowledge in IT security related to confidentiality and ethics in order to understand how these affect health technology applications.

DV1105 Introduction to Programming in Java (7.5 HEC)
Programming forms the foundation for most things that are related to applied IT. The aim of the course is to provide a student who has no previous experience of programming with an introduction to problem-solving and programming in the programming language Java.

DV1223 Database Technology and Web Applications, Introduction (7.5 HEC)
This course aims to introduce the student to how to build database-driven web applications, developed using technologies that can be divided into a client part, a server part and a database part. The technologies examined are PHP, HTML and SQL. Within the course there is an emphasis on the importance of achieving a well-structured web application that promotes maintenance and further development of the application.

XXYYYY Interaction Design and Usability (7.5 HEC)
The aim of the course is to provide knowledge and understanding of theories and methods within interaction design from a user perspective and its significance to health technology innovation and development. The purpose is to create good interaction, usability, security, comfort and durability in the technical solutions and in the environments in which they are introduced or applied.

XXYYYY Public Health Work, Availability and Support Environments (7.5 HEC) The aim of the course is for the student to acquire basic knowledge of health-promoting, preventive work and the determining factors, arenas and parties involved in healthcare. A further aim is to develop insight into the contribution made by society to creating support environments that promote availability of what the community has to offer in order to bring about an equal society.
FH1207 Health Policy (7.5 HEC)
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge of concepts and organisational issues within public health policy and to be able to identify factors that influence health policy processes from a national and international perspective.
XXYYYY Applied Health Technology, Project Course 2 (7.5 HEC) The aim of the course is for the student to develop a capacity to integrate and apply theoretical knowledge from previous courses in the programme to an operating area. The student shall also, by employing a health technology approach, acquire knowledge of development and change processes and following completion of the course present the planning of a development and change project within an area of the profession.


Year 3

XXYYY Requirements Engineering in Public Administration (7.5 HEC)
The aim is for the student to acquire knowledge and understanding of how relevant requirements are presented in a changing, cost-sensitive environment. The student will also acquire knowledge of relevant sources in order to be able to develop or procure IT-based systems in the public sector.

XXYYYY Investment and Procurement Techniques in Public Administration (7.5 HEC)
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge of investment and procurement techniques in public administration from a health technology perspective.

XXYYYY Applied Health Technology - Basic Research Methods (7.5 HEC)
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire basic knowledge of research methods, study design and research ethics with associated concepts and principles within the scientific areas that are included in applied health technology.

XXYYY Bachelor's Thesis in Applied Health Technology (15 HEC)
The aim of the course is to provide the student with an opportunity to independently and critically apply and deepen his/her knowledge of the research process and the subject of applied health technology in order to be able to complete a degree thesis on the first cycle level within applied health technology.

Elective courses Year 3

XXYYY Basic Statistics and Epidemiology (7.5 HEC)
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire a basic understanding of probability theory and statistical methods in order to be able to apply them in medical/epidemiological and technical studies and also to acquire skills in the use of statistics software. The course also aims to develop the student's knowledge of epidemiological concepts and methods and a capacity to be aware of and understand how an epidemiological study is carried out.

XXYYY Human Being and Technology from a Nursing Perspective (7.5 HEC)
The purpose of the course is for the student to acquire specific knowledge of nursing in order to recognise, based on human needs, the potential of technology as a source of support within healthcare, care and nursing.

XXYYYY Organisation and Leadership (7.5 HEC)
The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to the phenomenon of organisations and thus knowledge of organisational models that provide an understanding of its structure and behaviour. The course also aims to introduce the student to the area of leadership and thus knowledge of the relationship between leadership styles and the organisation. The overall aim of the course is to help the student to create an understanding of how practical situations can be linked to organisation and management and how these situations can be explained based on theory, models and concepts.

NOTE! It is the start term of the course that is stated below. See each course to find out the actual length of the course.
 

Courses autumn semester 2011

Compulsory courses

Applied health technology – introduction, 15 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to develop knowledge and understanding of how different technical solutions can be applied to different perspectives of health, care and welfare within the subject area applied health technology.

Read all information about the course 'Applied health technology – introduction' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Information Technology, basic course, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
To design and develop information and communication technology requires some basic knowledge and skills within certain areas. The purpose of the course is for the student to develop basic knowledge about the applications of the computer technology and about concept and terminology common in the IT field. The student will also acquire basic knowledge of computer system structure and function and construction of web pages. The student will also develop a certain insight of aspects concerning computer security.

Read all information about the course 'Information Technology, basic course' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Anatomy and Physiology, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge of the human being's physiological and anatomical conditions.

Read all information about the course 'Anatomy and Physiology' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Courses spring semester 2012

Compulsory courses

Basic Nursing, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is that the student acquires basic knowledge about the individual's basic and specific nursing needs both physical, mental as social, cultural and spiritual. The course aims further to get basic knowledge about the nursing process to understand its function for the nurse in the meeting with the patient and its close.

Read all information about the course 'Basic Nursing' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Introduction to ill health, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire an understanding of the most common states of ill-health with appropriate, associated terminology.

Read all information about the course 'Introduction to ill health' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Applied Health Technology, project course 1, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to develop the capacity to apply theoretical knowledge within an operating area. The student shall also, by adopting a health technology approach, acquire knowledge in development and/or change processes within an operating area and present the planning of such a project.

Read all information about the course 'Applied Health Technology, project course 1' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Web design and usability, 7.5 ECTS credits, first cycle.
 
Concurrently with that the the so-called 24-timmarsmyndigheten is carry out, increase the requirements on to increase the availability for websites. The need of websites with web pages that satisfy W3C´s kodstandard increases that a sequence of that the using alternative web browsers increases. Example on such is browsers for partially sighted and the web browser in the palm computer or the mobile phone.

The aim of the course is that the student gets knowledge in design of well structured and tillgänglighetsanpassade websites according to XHTML - standard with Cascading Style Sheets, with regard to usability and availability for different web browsers and target groups.

Read all information about the course 'Web design and usability' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Written Work

The programme is concluded with a written thesis equivalent to 15 HEC.

International element

International studies can either be pursued at one of our partner universities or at another suitable university.

Read about study abroad

Job Profiles


The programme prepares for advanced work in both the private and public sector and is directed at those who are interested in technology and how it can be applied and developed within healthcare, care and nursing.
A student with a degree from the programme can, among other things, work in the following areas:
- The public sector (healthcare, social care, other bodies within investigative and analytical functions, research)
- The private sector (IT companies, technology companies, research)
In the following positions:
Investigators/analysts, operational developers, purchasers procurement officers/requirement developers, product developers, system developers, researchers, project managers, IT managers etc.

Further Studies

Programme Advisory Board

The purpose of a small programme committee is, in co-operation with (mainly local) representatives from different areas and students to reflect jointly on the programmes, their quality and their relevance. Provision of advice prior to strategic decisions.
Participants: Programme director, representatives from the main fields of study, a faculty representative, a student representative, a past student, representative(s) from the labour market/supervisors for students in the field or equivalent.

Work description:
Meet at least once each term. Discuss course and programme evaluations, plan possible improvements and ensure the usability of the programme. Conducted both at the operational representatives and at the School of Health Science.
Contact person: Marie Persson.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2011-August-29 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Level

First cycle

Main field of study

Applied Health Technology

Programme manager

Number of seats

30

Examination

Qualification Awarded

The degree programme leads to the first cycle degree of
Bachelor of Science.
Main field of study: Applied Health Technology.

Assessment and grading

Assessment and examination vary between the different courses in the programme. Reference should be made to the information for each individual course in the programme.

Programme Evaluations

During the course of the programme, each course is evaluated and the course evaluations form a basis for future development. The programme as a whole is evaluated during the final course.

Alumni

At BTH we have a network for our alumni. If you want to know how it´s like to be a student at BTH, you may send an e-mail to alumni@bth.se.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2011-August-29 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Level

First cycle

Main field of study

Applied Health Technology

Programme manager

Number of seats

30

 

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