BSc Biomedical Sciences with Entrepreneurship

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Human Anatomy & Histology

Course unit fact file
Unit code BIOL21291
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


In Human Anatomy and Histology you will focus on the alimentary system and supporting bony structures, learning about the macro and micro structure and the pathologies that may occur in this system.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Body Systems BIOL10811 Pre-Requisite Recommended


The aims are to integrate anatomy and histology of the human alimentary system and supporting bony structures with clinical topics.

Learning outcomes

• Understand the anatomy of the alimentary system and supporting bony structures • Understand the structural arrangement of the abdomen and its contents • Understand the structural arrangement of the pelvis • Understand the histological arrangement of all of the above structures • Relate the structural anatomy to pathological processes that may occur


Anatomy and histology of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, the musculature of the anterior and posterior abdominal walls, composition of the pelvis as well as study of the skull, vertebral column and bony pelvis are covered in detail. e-Learning Activity Students will be encouraged to use Complete Anatomy and Acland’s Video Atlas of Anatomy to supplement the lecture series.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Interactive sessions require the use of analytical skills.
Group/team working
Students will work in groups to produce a podcast on their chosen topic. Interactive sessions invite students to work together to solve anatomical problems.
Interactive sessions involve group work which will need to be managed by a leader.
Project management
The production of the group podcast will require these skills to enable on time delivery of this.
Oral communication
Production of a podcast on student’s topic of choice. Students are encouraged to ask and answer questions during lectures.
Problem solving
Interactive sessions will require students to apply knowledge learnt to clinical problems.
Students are strongly encouraged to read up on current anatomical research to supplement their studies.
Written communication
Groups assessed on the production of a podcast which includes power point slides.
Develops organisational skills.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 20%
Written exam 50%
Set exercise 30%
50% of the unit mark will be derived from answering 1 essay question out of a choice of 4 in the January exam. 30% of the unit mark will be derived from undertaking 30 multiple answer questions towards the end of the unit. 20% of the unit mark will be derived from completing & submitting the group podcast.

Feedback methods

Students will be given an opportunity to receive written and verbal feedback provided on practice essay exam question. The interactive sessions provide feedback to enable students to gauge understanding and depth of their current knowledge. Students will have access to an example MAQ paper which they are encouraged to undertake and engage in discussion with staff if needed.

Recommended reading

Snell, RS (2019) Clinical Anatomy by Regions (10th edition). Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins • Ross MH, Pawlina W (2019) Histology a text and atlas (8th edition). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Young, B (2014) Wheater’s Functional Histology (6th edition). Churchill Livingstone Moore, Dalley & Agur (2017) Clinically Orientated Anatomy (14th edition). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Gosling J A (2017) Human Anatomy (6th edition). Elsevier Sadler, TW (2018) Langman’s Medical Embryology (14th edition). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 76

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Bipasha Choudhury Unit coordinator

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