MSci Developmental Biology
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Advances in Anatomical Sciences (L)
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
In this unit you will refresh your knowledge of Human Anatomy through interactive revision lectures and by using online resources. You will then build on your existing knowledge and apply it to the clinical and research settings through a series of synoptic lectures. Clinicians lecturing on this unit will demonstrate the relevance of anatomy in modern clinical practice. Alongside this, you will be exposed to current research methodology in the field of Human Anatomy. This unit will focus on three main themes; the trunk, skull and skin.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Human Anatomy & Histology||BIOL21291||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
|Anatomy of the Special Sense Organs||BIOL21402||Pre-Requisite||Recommended|
|Human Anatomy and Histology||BIOL20711||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
BIOL31651 Pre-Requisite is BIOL21291
The unit aims to build on the students existing knowledge of human anatomy. It will allow them explore specific topics in greater detail from both clinical and research perspectives.
Students will be able to
• Use their anatomical knowledge to discuss current research and clinical developments in specific topics relating to the trunk, skull and skin.
• Use relevant scientific literature to enhance their knowledge and further develop their critical thinking skills
• Anatomy of the trunk review lecture
• Lung cancer diagnosis - examines modern imaging techniques used for diagnosing lung cancer.
• Cardiac Development - covers research into developmental errors of the heart
• Surgical anatomy of the aorta and contemporary management of aortic diseases - this clinical lecture will examine the how the structure of the aorta is reflected in the management of aortic disease. It will review the latest methods of treatment.
• Anatomical changes in gut inflammation - examines the microscopic changes that occur in conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome
• Peritoneal pathologies - examines the structure of the peritoneum and changes that occur during disease
• Anatomy of the skull review lecture - this interactive lecture aims to refresh student knowledge in order to prepare for the clinical and research lectures.
• Morphing skulls 1 & 2: how human heads evolve, do they keep evolving? - these lectures examine morphometric issues related to the skull
• Functional anatomy of cranial sutures - this session looks at structural changes in cranial sutures throughout life.
• Evolution and development of teeth
• Structure and function of the skin – this lecture will include a histology overview and how skin sections are prepared
• Mechanisms of skin aging – including clinical presentation and mechanical measures
• Ethnicity in skin aging, this lecture will consider aging in different skin types and collaboration with industry in development of skin aging treatments
- Group/team working
- In the interactive lectures students will work in small groups to share their knowledge. Students with a scientific background (BSC students) are encouraged to share their scientific knowledge with those students with a more clinical background (intercalating medics). This process is reversed when the subject matter has more of a clinical basis.
- Oral communication
- In the interactive revision lectures students will be encouraged to discuss anatomical topics with the whole group.
- Many of the lectures focus on current research in a particular anatomical field. The students will therefore gain a greater insight into the theory of research.
- Written communication
- Students will have the opportunity to prepare an essay plan for a mock essay question. This will be marked In a group session.
Written examination (90%) consisting of two equally weighted essay questions (each from a separate anatomical theme - trunk, skull or a skin).Online coursework assessment - Three (10%, equally weighted), eLearning assessments containing a series of multiple choice questions based on a scientific paper or case study
The review lectures will be interactive and formative feedback will be given verbally during these sessions. Students will have the opportunity to complete a formative essay with feedback. A feedback session will be held following the summative examination.
- Moore KL, Dalley AF & Agur AMR (2009) Clinically Oriented Anatomy (6th edition). Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
- Snell, R (2008) Clinical Anatomy (8th Edition). Lippincott, Williams & Williams
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2|
|Independent study hours|
|Ingrid Gouldsborough||Unit coordinator|