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Introduction and Overview of Head and Neck Anatomy MED5646

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • 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 anatomical terminology, basic tissue types and movement of the human body. It will also give a detailed overview of head and neck anatomy covering major compartments of the head and describe the anatomical divisions of the neck. This course will also examine the anatomy of the skull and mandible.


This course is made up online lectures, tutorials and practical classes.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



50% MCQ and 50% anatomical "spotter" exam

Course Aims

This course aims to explore anatomical terminology, human structure and function of the human body. It will examine the major compartments of the head and neck. This course will examine the bones of the skull and mandible including meninges, fossae (temporal, infratemporal and pterygopalatine).

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Explain and discuss the anatomical terminology around the human body, movements and basic tissue types

2. Describe and analyse the anatomy of the skull and mandible

3. Critically discuss and analyse the layout and reasoning of the compartments of the head and neck

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.