Postgraduate taught 

Human Anatomy PgCert

Cadaveric Dissection Techniques BIOL5246

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course provides students with an introduction to dealing with human tissue in a cadaveric setting, dissection techniques, safe practice and laboratory conduct. In this course you will undertake cadaveric dissection on a focal area of anatomical structure to enhance dissection techniques


12x2hr cadaveric dissection classes and 6x2hr revision laboratory classes.

Each week will have 10hrs direct contact teaching time, though not set days of the week.

Teaching sessions can occur in the morning, afternoon or both within the same day.

Excluded Courses



•Group presentation (10%); teamwork and participation throughout the course (10%) (added together in section 19 above); practical ("spot") examination (80%)

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. 


The group presentation is not available for reassessment.

Team work and participation throughout this course has to be continuous over the five-week taught period and is therefore not available for reassessment.

Course Aims

The course aims are to:

■ Introduce the student to the human cadaver, and the expected level of professional conduct around human tissue;

■ Introduce the student to laboratory safety and dissection techniques in a human anatomy setting;

■ Provide greater detail on cadaveric anatomy.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically evaluate techniques used in cadaveric dissection;

■ Critically discuss, evaluate and apply appropriate terminology to describe movement and position of body structures with a focus on a focal area of anatomical structure to enhance dissection techniques;

■ Formulate a safe and effective approach to cadaveric dissections;

■ Critically assess and evaluate the wider issues related to working in a cadaveric laboratory in relation to their own practice;

■ Critically assess and self-evaluate and communicate to peers anatomical knowledge gained using appropriate methods;

■ Critically discuss and reflect on professional conduct and application of health and safety when working with cadaveric remains.

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.