Anatomy BSc/MSci

Clinical Applied Anatomy (Sem 2) 4D option BIOL4031

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will consider how anatomical knowledge is applied and utilised in a clinical context. It will include approaching gross anatomy with a view of exploring pathologies and/or surgical procedures.


This option is assigned to block S2-D usually 3 hours of teaching on a Friday 

Excluded Courses

Clinical Applied Anatomy (Sem 1) 4Y option


The course will be assessed by in-course assessment consisting of a structured portfolio that details the approach taken to achieve the production of a teaching aid (50%). Production of a patient information document on one of the diseases covered in the course (25%). An oral presentation on a condition of choice (25%). Students will produce individual documents and presentations.

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 the subject into a clinical context. Chosen pathologies and/or surgical approaches of interest can be researched to guide the lab experience, where students will discuss, analyse and communicate the underlying relevance of anatomy in their chosen area of interest.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Explore, investigate, and analyse underlying pathological conditions and highlight the clinical value of anatomical knowledge;

■ Investigate and critique recent advances in surgical techniques;

■ Demonstrate, through the practical skill of dissection, an understanding of specific area/s of anatomy/pathology/surgery;

■ Critically discuss and evaluate a range of approaches and techniques used for science communication to audiences such as surgeons, patients and biomedical scientists.


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.