Postgraduate taught 

Human Anatomy PgCert

Introduction to Anatomy BIOL5247

  • 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 the history of anatomy, its applications in medical, dental, scientific and allied health professional circles, and a detailed knowledge related to the legislation around body donation. 


Teaching delivered for 8-10 hrs/week over 4 weeks.

Teaching is delivered with a variety of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions which are variable in their time of the week for the delivery, and can occur in the morning or afternoon, or both.

Each individual teaching session lasts 2-3hrs.

Excluded Courses





•Group presentation (10%); Multiple choice question, 1 hour exam (90%).

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.

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ Introduce the history of anatomy;

■ Provide detail on the applications of anatomy to health and science related disciplines;

■ Introduce the concept of body donation related to anatomy;

■ Develop understanding of the legislation around the body donation process (bequeathal process);

■ Introduce fundamental principles of, and the rationale for, research in relation to the anatomical sciences;

■ Provide detail on the laboratory rules and regulations related to good practice in cadaveric dissection.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically appraise and evaluate the development of anatomy, its teaching and applications from historical documents;

■ Critically assess the developments of body and tissue donation, and its differences related to organ donation, evaluating the major advances and limitations in each of these fields;

■ Critically evaluate the Anatomy Act (1984), its subsequent revisions under the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006, and critically evaluate and apply its principles to anatomical teaching, training and research;

■ Critically appraise and evaluate the different fields related to anatomical research using cadaveric material, and critically assess the advances within the field, including that of newer imaging techniques;

■ Apply a clear understanding of health and safety related issues related to working in a laboratory of human anatomy, and critically evaluate safe practice in this environment;

■ Critically discuss and appropriately communicate the implications of the legislation to staff and students using appropriate methods and terms.

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.