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Unit information: Anatomy by Dissection in 2018/19

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Unit name Anatomy by Dissection
Unit code ANAT20005
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Hettie Thomas
Open unit status Not open

Anatomical Science 1A/B


Human Anatomy or Veterinary Anatomy

School/department School of Anatomy
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


The overall aim of this unit is to provide students with the opportunity to further their existing anatomical knowledge and understanding by hands-on dissection of cadaveric specimens.

In this practical-focused unit, students are invited to undertake a human or animal-based dissection project. Working in small groups, students will take turns over the course of the unit to lead the group dissection, and are wholly involved in the planning and performing of the dissection. Short seminars will be placed at strategic points throughout the Unit to discuss the ethical considerations related to body bequests and the practicalities of embalming and tissue preservation. Appropriate health and safety issues are addressed.

The nature of the material involved, with the pathologies, variations and abnormalities often disclosed on dissection, offers the opportunity for further research and investigation.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of the unit students should be able to:

1) demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the body, particularly the anatomy underlying common clinical problems and procedures it may have undergone

2) identify, palpate and demonstrate surface markings and anatomical features

3) recognise and investigate evidence of surgical procedures

4) identify, examine and research pathologies encountered

5) recognise common anatomical variations and understand the significance of these

6) discuss the anatomical bases for clinical examination and clinical procedures

7) recognise the ethical and legal considerations of bequeathal programme/procurement of tissue within a dissection-based unit

Teaching details

  • Practical dissection
  • In dissection seminars

Assessment Details

  • Reflective Log 40% (ILOs 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7)
  • 2 x 2000 word essays (TB1, TB2) 30% each. (ILOs 5, 6 and 7)
  • Formative viva voce examinations (ILOs 1-6)

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