Course detail


CESA-SBFYAcad. year: 2020/2021

General biophysics covers the main study areas of general as well as medical biophysics, namely biophysics of membranes, senses, the cardiovascular and respiratory system, laboratory and clinical optical methods, hazards and biophysical interactions of some instrumentation methods including elements of radiobiology. Practical exercises and demonstrations to show the students how to measure non-electric parameters of living organisms, that correspond to the theoretical lessons.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students are able to
- Describe physical field for basic diagnotických methods
- Describe and explain the principle of the influence of physical fields on the human organism - at the cellular and organ,
- Describe and ordain selected chapters from organ biophysics.
The knowledge and ability to explain studied the issue will be verified by final oral examination.


To offer a review of the main issues of general and medical biophysics with focus on the physiological biophysics and the impact of physical factors on living organisms.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

HRAZDIRA, Ivo a Vojtěch MORNSTEIN. Lékařská biofyzika a přístrojová technika. Brno: Neptun, 2004. ISBN 80-902896-1-4. (CS)
NAVRÁTIL, Leoš a Jozef ROSINA. Medicínská biofyzika. Praha: Grada, 2005. ISBN 80-247-1152-4. (CS)
HOBBIE, Russell a Bradley ROTH. Intermediate physics for medicine and biology. New York: Springer, 1997. ISBN 978-0-387-49885-0. (EN)
GLASER, Roland. Biophysics. Berlin: Springer, 2001. ISBN 3540670882. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. The structure of matter and its biophysical context
2. Biophysics of membranes
3. Biophysics of electrical stimulation
4-5. Biophysics of sensory modalities (hearing and sight)
6-7. Organ biophysics (biomechanics of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems)
8. Biophysics of mechanical forces and ultrasound
9-10. Physical fields
11. The effect of physical factors on living matter, including medical applications (physical therapy, invasive methods)
12. Overview of the effects of ionizing radiation on living matter


Not applicable.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Laboratory exercises are compulsory (absence must be replaced after consultation with the teacher), attendance at lectures is optional.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-STC Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit


Laboratory exercise

26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer