BSc Anatomical Sciences
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||School of Biological Sciences|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This Research Skills Module is designed to develop your experimental design, report writing and practical skills. Working in the Dissection Room under the supervision of Anatomy staff you will develop a range of skills including dissection, microscopy, the comparative method, living anatomy and morphometrics. Working as part of a group you will design and carry out a research project where you will use either dissection or morphometrics to perform an in-depth study of an area of gross anatomy.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Human Sciences EDM||BIOL21061||Co-Requisite||Recommended|
|Human Anatomy & Histology||BIOL21291||Co-Requisite||Compulsory|
BIOL20912 Pre & Co-requisites are BIOL10811 & BIOL21291
To give students the opportunity to make an ‘in depth’ investigation of an area of anatomy after gaining appropriate skills. To design and devise approaches for the scientific presentation of anatomical findings for research purposes, while working as a member of a team.
To be able to:
- Use a diverse range of anatomical references and the primary literature
- Appreciate anatomical variation and know how to evaluate it
- Conceive and execute a study on a given aspect of human or comparative anatomy
- Collect, analyse and present data in the format used for publication
- Have an 'in depth' understanding of an aspect of human or comparative anatomy
- Interpreting transverse sections
- Interpreting radiographs
- Interpreting CT scans
- Geometric morphometrics
- Use of ultrasound
- Gross anatomy of the head, heart and upper limb
- Mini-project planning
Students work in groups of 5 to produce a research study using geometric morphometrics or dissection.
- Analytical skills
- Students have to analyse their quantitative data using appropriate statistical tests. They also have to consider which is the best way to present that data in writing and in graphical form.
- Group/team working
- Working in small groups to answer scientific questions.
- Students are given a project outline. After that it is up to them to come up with scientific questions and devise ways to answer them through research.
- The mini-projects are intended to be collaborative efforts for groups of five students. Nevertheless, some students may embrace a leadership role whilst undertaking them.
- Project management
- Establishing research questions and managing time, direction and methodology appropriately to answer them during the mini-projects.
- Problem solving
- You have to ask scientific questions and work out how to collect repeatable data to answer them, how to test that data, how best to analyse that data, and then how to interpret your findings.
- You will carry out mini-projects which allow you to come up with and test scientific questions using methodologies appropriate to anatomical research including dissection and geometric morphometric analyses.
- Written communication
- Communicating scientific research, questions, experimental design and research findings.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||50%|
- Cranial Morphometrics (10%)
- Histology 1 and 2 (20%)
- Sectional Anatomy 1 (10%)
- Sectional Anatomy 2 (10%)
- Individual Mini-Project Report (50%)
RSM Attendance guidelines
Students are expected to attend all scheduled RSM sessions on time (N.B. Health and safety information will be delivered at the start of practical sessions, and students who are not present at the start may be asked to leave the lab). Students who arrive late will be marked as absent for that session. Failure to attend a session (an unauthorised absence) will result in a 10% (i.e. 10 mark) penalty being applied to the overall RSM mark (i.e. a student obtaining a mark of 65% overall will instead receive a mark of 55%). Further absences will result in further penalties (i.e. 2 absences = a penalty of 20% (as described above)).
For the short practicals feedback will be provided during or after the sessions. Feedback on the mini-project report will be given during the latter part of semester 4.
- Detton, AJ & Grant JCB (2020) Grant's Dissector (17th edition). Wolters Kluwer Health
- Gosling, JA (2008) Atlas of Human Anatomy (5th edition). Mosby
- Kardong, KV (2012) Vertebrates: Comparative Anatomy, Function, Evolution (6th edition). McGraw-Hill
- Lieberman, D (2011) The Evolution of the Human Head. Belknap Press
- Moore KL, Dalley AF & Agur AMR (2009) Clinically Oriented Anatomy (6th edition). Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
- Pansky, B & Gest, TR (2011) Lippincott's Concise Illustrated Anatomy: Back, Upper Limb and Lower Limb. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||58|
|Independent study hours|
|Stefan Gabriel||Unit coordinator|