Functional Anatomy for International Pre-Medical Students (Semester 1) BIOL2023

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Life Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is designed primarily for students considering studying postgraduate medicine (or other Healthcare courses) in North America. It follows a similar pattern to first year medical courses in Anatomy, with emphases on function, clinical applications, answering USMLE-style questions, and study techniques.


Normally, 3-hour sessions on Monday and Thursday afternoons, and 3-hour sessions on Wednesday mornings during Semester 1 teaching period.

Requirements of Entry

Students must have taken courses in Biology (preferably Human Biology) at second year level at a US college or equivalent. For US applicants, a cumulative science GPA of at least 3.3 is required (>3.5 preferred). Applicants from other countries must have achieved an equivalent standard. The course is specifically-tailored for students intending to apply for medical or dental school in the US; other courses in anatomy are available for students with more general interests or other aspirations.


This course is not available for BSc, MSci or BSc (MedSci/DentSci/VetSci) students.

Excluded Courses

This course is not available to graduating students in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences.




Assessment will be by means of coursework (practical skills tests [30%] and set exercises [20%]) and an end-of-course examination (50%).

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below.


None of the items of in-course assessment can be re-assessed.

Course Aims

The course aims to provide hands-on experience of key anatomical skills by cadaveric dissection, prosection and interpretation of radiographs.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

■ Describe anatomical structures using appropriate medical terminology;

■ Perform cadaveric dissection and identify structures;

■ Identify structures on radiographs or related images;

■ Discuss applications of anatomical knowledge to clinical situations;

■ Apply knowledge and understanding to the interpretation of clinical scenarios as presented in USMLE-style assessments.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.