Postgraduate taught 

Human Anatomy PgCert

Structure and Function of the Human Body 1 BIOL5248

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • 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 introduces students to the approaches and techniques used in studying anatomy, with a particular focus on the anatomy of the cardiorespiratory, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems. Students will study each system in detail including microanatomy, development and macroanatomy.


This course is made up of lectures and practical classes in semester 2.

Excluded Courses





Group presentation (20%, ILOs 1, 3 and 5). Each student in a group will present for 4 minutes.

Practical ("spot") examination (80%, ILO 2). This will consist of 20 stations, each with a single prosection specimen or image. Each prosection/image will have an A and B pin inserted into a specific structure. The questions will ask students to identify or state the function of the pinned structures. Students will have 1 minute per station.

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 a variety of approaches to investigating human anatomy including histology, imaging, prosection and dissection;

■ Provide the opportunity to study the anatomy of the cardiorespiratory, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems.

■ Develop an appreciation the relationship between anatomical structure and physiological function.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Evaluate and utilise a range of techniques that can be employed to investigate human anatomy; 

2. Demonstrate an extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding of the anatomy of the cardiorespiratory, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems; 

3. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different imaging techniques for different tissues/organs; 

4. Collaborate with peers to evaluate and effectively communicate recent relevant research.

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.