Anatomy BSc/MSci

Clinical Applied Anatomy 4D option BIOL4031

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Life Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will consider how anatomical knowledge is used in a clinical context. It will include elements of gross anatomy, histology, neuroanatomy, and/or embryology.


This option is assigned to block S2-D. Normally, 3 hours of teaching on Fridays. 

Excluded Courses



The course will be assessed by a 2-hour examination (75%) and in-course assessment consisting of producing a patient information document on one of the diseases covered in the course (25%). Each student will produce an individual document. 

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

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. 

Course Aims

This course aims to highlight the clinical relevance of anatomical knowledge and to put previously-acquired knowledge of Anatomy into a clinical context. Complex disease will be investigated, and students will discuss and analyse the underlying anatomy. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Discuss complex pathological conditions;

■ Analyse anatomy underlying complex pathological conditions and highlight the clinical value of anatomical knowledge;

■ Investigate and critique recent advances in pathophysiology including diagnosis and therapy. 

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.