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Unit information: Anatomical Science 1B in 2019/20

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Unit name Anatomical Science 1B
Unit code ANAT10009
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Jenny McNamara
Open unit status Not open

Normally ANAT10008 Anatomical Science 1A



School/department School of Anatomy
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This unit provides an introduction to the basic anatomical organisation and tissue structure of various species, including human. Emphasis is placed on understanding how structures are adapted for the functions they perform.

Following on from the Anatomical Science 1A Unit, the anatomy of the remaining body systems will be studied with reference to their embryonic development, microscopic structure, macroscopic structure and basic function. Introduction to anatomical variations and applications will also form part of the Unit as a preview to second year anatomy units.


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

This unit has been designed to complement other biomedical science units.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Urinary system
  • Digestive system
  • Endocrine system
  • Reproductive system
  • Anatomical variations and applications

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 through a combination of lectures, dissection room practicals and online resources.

Assessment Details

Summative assessments: (% of total Unit mark)

  • 1 Practical spot examination 75%
  • Online assessments 5%
  • Coursework assignment 20%

Formative assessments will also be 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)
ISBN-10:0071181687 ISBN-13:9780071181686

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