Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Core Skills for Modern Anatomists 4X core BIOL4270

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Life Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Students will explore the breadth of scientific research undertaken by modern anatomists, including research currently undertaken at the University of Glasgow. The importance of a multidisciplinary approach to modern anatomical research and the diversity of research techniques utilised will be investigated.


The normal teaching pattern is 3 hours every Monday. 

Requirements of Entry

Normally, only available to final-year School of Life Sciences students in an Anatomy programme. Visiting students may be allowed to enrol, at the discretion of the School of Life Sciences Chief Adviser and the Course Coordinator. 

Excluded Courses



The course will be assessed by a 2-hour examination (60%) and in-course assessment consisting of 2 components: a written critique of a recent research article (20%) and a class test on data analysis and interpretation (20%). 

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

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. 

Course Aims

The aims of the course are:

■ to develop a deep understanding of the breadth of scientific research undertaken by modern anatomists, especially the role of multidisciplinary research;

■ to develop students' skills to critically analyse, interpret and discuss scientific data. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to: 

■ Evaluate the rationale behind, significance of, and diversity of anatomical research in modern science; 

■ Examine how furthering our understanding of anatomy now relies on integrating concepts and techniques from disciplines such as genetics, molecular biology, physiology and clinical anatomy; 

■ Analyse, interpret and critique a variety of different data types and articles arising from anatomical research; 

■ Synthesise hypotheses and solve problems aimed at advancing aspects of current anatomical knowledge.

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.