Anatomy BSc/MSci

Advances in Lower Limb Anatomy 4C option BIOL4272

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • 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

Students will explore the anatomy of the lower limb in relation to current research. This will include dissection of the lower limb and data collection and analysis. The importance of lower limb anatomy research in relation to fields such as biomechanics and surgery will be investigated. The option will include student-led seminars, with staff support, to facilitate the development of critical analysis, problem solving and communication skills. 


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

Requirements of Entry

Normally, only available to final-year School of Life Sciences students in an Anatomy programme. Visiting students may be allowed to enrol, at the discretion of the School of Life Sciences Chief Adviser and the Course Coordinator. 

Excluded Courses



The course will be assessed by a 2-hour examination (75%) and in-course assessment consisting of a mini-project report (25%).

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 develop an understanding of lower limb anatomy, to explore current research themes in gross anatomy of the lower limb, to develop practical skills in dissection and to develop appropriate skills in data interpretation and analysis.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Discuss and critically appraise the current understanding of lower limb anatomy;

■ Relate this current understanding to relevant applications e.g. biomechanics, surgery;

■ Interpret and present information from relevant research literature;

■ Analyse data and critically-assess results to the relevant literature. 

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.