Human Biology BSc/MSci

Anatomical Imaging Techniques 4Y option BIOL4275

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Life Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will discuss common anatomical imaging techniques used for diagnostic and research purposes from macro- to nanoscale anatomy. It will also discuss relevant ethical issues surrounding anatomical imaging as well as potential future challenges in using these technologies. 


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 a scientific poster (25%). Each student will submit an individual poster which evaluates and synthesises a recent research advance relating to an anatomical imaging technique.

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

The aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the most common anatomical imaging techniques along with their applications in diagnostics and research. The course aims to systematically evaluate the quality and relevance of scientific studies using clinical-based checklists.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Discuss the main applications of common anatomical imaging techniques, including their advantages and disadvantages;

■ Discuss examples of ethical issues relating to anatomical imaging techniques; 

■ Systematically evaluate and interpret evidence from recent scientific advances in anatomical imaging techniques; 

■ Accurately use clinical-based appraisal tools, such as the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) checklists, to evaluate scientific 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.