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Unit information: Anatomical Science 1A in 2021/22

Unit name Anatomical Science 1A
Unit code ANAT10008
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Ms. Natalia Trepp Centellas
Open unit status Not open




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. This unit begins with an overview of how cells develop into tissues, organs and systems.

The anatomy of body systems will be studied with reference to their embryonic development, microscopic and macroscopic structure, and basic function.


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:

  • Cells and tissues
  • Overview of body systems, including integumentary, skeletal, muscular, visceral and nervous systems
  • Nervous system and sense organs
  • 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.

Assessment Details

Summative assessments: (% of total Unit mark)

  • 1 spot examination 75%
  • 1 group coursework assignment 25%

Formative assessments will also be held


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