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Unit information: Anatomical Science for Engineering MSc in 2016/17

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Unit name Anatomical Science for Engineering MSc
Unit code ANAT10002
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Jenny McNamara
Open unit status Not open

Undergraduate degree in Engineering



School/department School of Anatomy
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This unit will run in parallel with Anatomical Science 1b (ANAT10102) as a sub-unit to provide anatomical background for an MSc course for postgraduate engineers. The purpose is to teach postgraduate engineers the basic anatomy of the circulatory, respiratory, and locomotor (bones, joints and muscles) systems. The unit will comprise lectures and practical laboratory sessions.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the unit, students will understand the gross systemic anatomy of: 1. the circulatory system - including the heart and great vessels, and the peripheral vascular system including arteries, veins and lymphatics. 2. the respiratory system - including the lungs and tracheo-bronchial tree and its vasculature. 3. the skeleton - including structure and function of the bones of the spine and limbs, and their joints 4. the muscle system - including major muscle groups contributing to locomotion by the limbs, ventilation of the lungs, and stability of the spine and trunk during locomotion.

Teaching details

Lectures and laboratory practicals in the dissecting labs.

Assessment Details

A 1-hour written examination in the Summer exam period, and a 1-hour practical exam in the summer exam period.

Reading and References

Seeley’s Anatomy and Physiology. VanPutte, Regan and Russo. McGraw Hill Higher Education; 10th Revised edition (2013) ISBN-10: 1259060934 | ISBN-13: 978-1259060939

Moore KL and Dalley AF. Clinically-oriented anatomy (2006). Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore. ISBN 0-7817-3639-0