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Unit information: Anatomical Science for Engineering MSc in 2020/21

Unit name Anatomical Science for Engineering MSc
Unit code ANAT10002
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
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 runs in parallel with Anatomical Science 1A (ANAT10008) as a sub-unit to provide anatomical background for an MSc course for postgraduate engineers. It provides an introduction to the basic anatomical organisation and tissue structure of various species, including human. The purpose is to teach postgraduate engineers the basic anatomy of the circulatory, respiratory, and locomotor (bones, joints and muscles) systems. The anatomy of these body systems in various animals including the human will be studied, with reference to their embryonic development, microscopic structure, macroscopic structure and basic function. Emphasis is placed on understanding how structures are adapted for the functions they perform.


This unit aims to provide engineering MSc students with a foundation in the principles of anatomical design. Students will explore the concepts behind structural and functional adaptations in different species.

Intended learning outcomes

Explain the relationship between the structure and function of the following areas:

  • Cells and tissues
  • Locomotor system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system

Identify key anatomical structures and describe their basic function

Describe the variation in structure between relevant species

Outline the development of the body from cells of the embryo to established organ systems.

Teaching details

This unit will be delivered by a combination of online learning opportunities such as lectures, interactive resources and practicals. Practicals, including study of cadaveric specimens, will be delivered via a blended approach using online and in-person delivery (where current local Government guidelines allow).

Assessment Details

Summative assessments: (% of total Unit mark)

  • 1 online spot examination (100%)

A formative assessment is also held

Reading and References

The recommended text:

Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
Kent, George C., Carr, Robert K.
Published by McGraw Hill Higher Education (2000)
ISBN10:0071181687 ISBN13:9780071181686

For reference:

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


Textbook of Veterinary Anatomy. Dyce, K.M., Sack, W.O., and Wensing, C.J.G. Saunders Elsevier Publications; 4th Edition (2009)
ISBN-10: 1416066071 ISBN-13: 978-1416066071