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.

Anatomy and Physiology relating to Trauma MED5576

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce the concept of injury patterns related to a mechanism of injury and provide knowledge on common patterns. The course will includes detailed knowledge on the physiological effects of serious injury.


Lectures supported by tutorials will be delivered in semester 1.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Summative assessment will be carried out using 2 methods: 

1. Written assignment: The student will write a 2500-3000 word essay reviewing the impact of serious injury on physiology (80%). 

2. Oral presentation related to injury patterns (20%)

3. Forum posts on case-based discussions (10%)

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide knowledge of common injury patterns and the physiological impact of serious injury on the body's vital functions. They will be able to link mechanism of injury to expected injury patterns and resultant physiological change.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Compare and contrast common injury patterns associated with different mechanisms of injury 

1. Evaluate the utility of commonly used investigations

1. Critically review the physiological effects of serious injury and the body's response

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.