Postgraduate taught 

Human Anatomy PgCert

Structure and Function of the Human Body BIOL5248

  • 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 approaches and techniques used in studying anatomy, anatomic and medical terminology, and an overview of the integumentary, cardiorespiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, musculoskeletal and nervous systems. 


Teaching delivered over 5 weeks.

There are 18x2hr laboratory sessions with 6-10hrs of teaching each week.

These sessions can occur throughout the week and are variable in the days of the week, and can occur in the morning, afternoon, or both during the day.

Excluded Courses





Group presentation (10%); Multiple Choice Question,1 hour exam (45%); practical ("spot") examination (45%).

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 variety of approaches to investigating human anatomy;

■ Introduce the student to the terminology used related to identifying body position and relevant descriptors;

■ Introduce the major body systems.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically appraise the plethora of techniques which can be employed in investigating human tissue;

■ Critically discuss the relevant terms related to movement and position of body structures;

■ Critically discuss all the major body systems of the integumentary, cardiorespiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, musculoskeletal and nervous systems;

■ Critically assess similarities and differences in each of the main anatomical regions of the body and critically evaluate their close interactions for functioning of the human body;

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

■ 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.