Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


1. Can explain the physical and biological rationale of guidelines and standards for limiting human exposure to electromagnetic fields.
2. Can apply relevant human exposure limit and reference values in various frequency ranges.
3. Can analyse induced electromagnetic quantities in the human body using computational dosimetry.
4. Can evaluate the safety of human electromagnetic field exposure based on exposure limits and dosimetry.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 12.01.2021 - 06.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Ilkka Laakso, Kamya Yekeh Yazdandoost

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Ilkka Laakso, Kamya Yekeh Yazdandoost

Contact information for the course (valid 05.01.2021-21.12.2112):Teacher:
Ilkka Laakso (

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Biological effects of electromagnetic fields. Human exposure guidelines and standards in different frequency ranges. Methods for computational electromagnetic dosimetry and their applications for safety assessment and effects of electromagnetic fields from medical and wireless devices.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Weeks 1-2. Structure, physical quantities, frequency ranges and philosophy of human exposure guidelines and standards.

    Weeks 3-6. Human exposure to low-frequency (0 Hz - 10 MHz) electromagnetic fields. 

    Weeks 7-10. Human exposure to radio-frequency (100 kHz - 300 GHz) electromagnetic fields.

    Both LF and RF parts consist of the following topics:

    • Rationale of LF/RF exposure limits, including biological effects of LF/RF fields
    • Electromagnetics and human body electrical properties at low/high frequencies
    • Dosimetry modelling at low/high frequencies

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, seminars, assignments, and project work.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The students will produce a human-readable "guidebook" of electromagnetic field safety. 

    Writing the guidebook will consist of weekly assignments, which will be evaluated on a scale from 0 to 5. Each assignment is a section of the guidebook. After the initial submission, each student will receive feedback to revise/improve their submission. The final grade of each section will be the average of the initial and revised submissions. The total grade of the course will be (possibly weighted) average of the grades of each assignment/section (rounded to the nearest integer number).

    There will be no exam.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact hours 20: Weekly lectures and/or seminars.
    Self supported study 113: assignments and project work.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Ten weekly seminars, total 10 h.

    Self-supported study 20 h.

    Ten assignments, each 9 h, total 90 h.

    Finalizing the report 7 h.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture material, scientific articles.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Material will consist of lecture material, scientific articles, and computational codes/data.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    ELEC-E8741 Electromagnetic field safety and medical applications

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basics in electromagnetic field theory.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    First meeting: 26.1.2021 at 10:15

    Tentative schedule:

    Week 1: EMF standards and guidelines

    Week 2: EMF standards and guidelines

    Week 3: LF rationale of guidelines/standard and biological effects

    Week 4: LF electromagnetics

    Week 5: LF dosimetry

    Week 6: LF dosimetry

    Week 7: RF rationale of guidelines/standard and biological effects

    Week 8: RF electromagnetics

    Week 9: RF dosimetry

    Week 10: RF dosimetry

    There is an assignment every week (total of ten assignments). The students will have one week to finish each assignment.