Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

Module Information
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HMS4501  - Imaging Muscle Health

Period 1: from 4-9-2023 to 27-10-2023
Coordinator: Bongers, B.
ECTS credits: 6
Language of instruction: English

Publication dates timetable/results in the Student Portal

Deadline publication timetable
The date on which the timetable of this module is available: 18-8-2023

Deadline publication final result
The date on which the final grade of this module is available: 17-11-2023

Resit booking

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All students who have not passed the test for this module in a previous academic year, will be booked automatically for the test during the regular block period. You will be enrolled in the new course in Canvas but not scheduled for a tutorial group and other educational activities. If you do not wish to participate in this test at the end of the regular block period please de-register via askFHML.

Resit date: 14-2-2024

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Course information

Description: EN:

Muscle health can be defined in many ways, but muscle function, muscle mass, strength, and endurance/fatigue are all aspects that are highly important for muscle health. 

This course will focus on these aspects of muscle health using short, interactive lectures. Furthermore, since different tests are available to assess each aspect of muscle function, the course contains four practical training sessions. Furthermore, three problem-based learning (PBL) cases will cover (clinically) relevant situations of changing muscle function, where students will need to apply their knowledge to the specific problem. Lastly, a project will be performed in small groups, in which students will make a presentation, including an instruction movie, addressing a technique of choice to evaluate muscle function.

Goals: EN:
Objectives:Knowledge and understanding:

  • Read and evaluate a scientific manuscript (critical reading)
  • Write a scientific report (scientific writing, searching literature)
  • Review and comment on a scientific report written by a peer (reviewing)
  • Search for relevant information and report to a group (PBL in tutorial groups)
  • Knowledge about design of experiments/testing (research methods and design)

Learning academic skills:

  • Explain a technique to investigate muscle health in a clear and comprehensive way by making an instruction video


  • Evaluating the applicability (advantages and disadvantages) of various methods of determining muscle health for a given question

Making judgements:

  • Apply the acquired knowledge to situations of changing muscle health, like ageing or disease

Applying knowledge and understanding:

  • Understand how muscle mass and muscle metabolism are influencing muscle health in terms of strength, endurance, power, and fatigue
  • Understand how these factors of muscle health can be determined (by imaging-based and functional assessments)
  • Know the basic principles of imaging techniques such as MRI and MRS
Key words: EN:
- Muscle function - Muscle mass - Exercise physiology - Biodex - MRI/MRS
Literature: This is the link to Keylinks, our online reference list.  
Teaching methods:
  • Assignment(s)
  • Work in workgroup(s)
  • Lecture(s)
  • Paper(s)
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Presentation(s)
  • Skills
  • Training(s)
  • Working visit(s)
Assessments methods:
  • Assignment
  • Attendance
  • Final paper
  • Portfolio
  • Presentation
  • Written exam

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