B.Sc. (Hons) Anatomy and Human
A.1. Educational aims of the programme
This programme aims to:
1. Produce anatomy and human biology graduates equipped to play prominent
roles in industry, research and the public services.
2. Provide students with the skills to adapt and respond positively to changing
3. Develop in students the capacity for both individual work and teamwork.
4. Produce lifelong learners with intellectual and practical skills.
A.2. Subject based learning outcomes
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate
knowledge, understanding, qualities, skills and attributes in the following areas:
A.2. Subject based learning D.1. Teaching, Learning and
outcomes Assessment Strategies
a)Knowledge & Understanding of: Acquisition of i-v is via lectures and
practicals. Additional support is from
i. Human topographical directed Web-based materials, specimen
anatomy and embryology collections within the department, selected
ii. Microanatomical and cellular textbooks and specified source literature.
basis of development and Advanced knowledge is delivered through
histogenesis lectures and seminars. Some modules also
iii. Functional and evolutionary include advanced level practical work, others
anatomy of hominids involve library-based assignments. All students
iv. Biological diversity among undertake a research project under the
humans and other primates supervision of a staff member with appropriate
v. Research methods in anatomy research and scholarly expertise
and human biology Assessment
Formative and summative assessment of
knowledge and understanding is through a
combination of written examinations
(including essay and MCQ formats),
practical rapid recognition (‘spotter’)
examinations, assessed coursework or
tutorial assignments (literature review and
honours project and presentations)
(b) Intellectual (thinking skills) Learning/Teaching strategies
i)-iii) are introduced through the Key Skills modules
i. Reason critically in relation to (B150 & B290) and their associated tutorial systems
scientific problems and then reinforced throughout the programme.
iv)-vi) are introduced progressively throughout the
ii. Identify and solve problems in
programme by group work in practical sessions. In
the application of anatomical Year 3 modules are designed to emphasise self-
sciences directed learning. Year 3 modules have low staff-
iii. Analyse, evaluate and student ratios, utilise departmental research facilities
interpret biological data as a learning resource and develop independent
iv. Formulate and test hypotheses learning and time-management skills.
v. Synthesise information and
form a coherent understanding Assessment
vi. Plan, conduct and report on a i)-iii) Through continuous assessment of Key Skills
programme of research tutorials and coursework. Through written end of
Semester examinations at Levels 1 and 2. iii)-vi) By
presentation of the Level 3 prosection. Through
evaluation of the Level 3 Honours Dissertation and
(c) Practical skills Teaching/learning strategies
i) - iv) are learnt through practical sessions
i. Anatomical observation and which involve laboratory assignments,
dissection examination of specimens or dissection. The
ii. Use facilities, equipment and sessions are also designed to equip students
materials correctly and safely with relevant technical and manual skills,
iii. Analyse experimental data, and to encourage group working. Some
interpret their validity and practical sessions also provide opportunities
apply appropriate statistical for computer-based learning or library-based
analyses assignments. Modules have student
iv. Take effective notes and handbooks providing essential guidance.
record experimental Support is available from academic staff and
procedures and laboratory post-graduate demonstrators.
protocols iii)-vi) are learnt progressively throughout
v. Use the scientific literature the programme through key skills tutorials,
effectively by class experiments in practical classes and
vi. Communicate scientific data through the Honours Year project, leading to
and results, both orally and in submission of a dissertation.
Attendance at practical sessions and key
skills tutorials is a compulsory element of the
program. The Key Skills modules are
continually assessed through tutorial
attendance and marked coursework.
Knowledge gained at practical sessions is
examined in ‘spotters’, by submission of
assignments and/or end of Semester
examinations. Level 3 students perform an
individual prosection which is assessed for
quality and skill in dissection.
Year 3 dissertations are individually
supervised and run through both semesters.
A.3. Key (transferable) skills
Upon successful completion of the Teaching/learning strategies
programme students will be able to: The BIOL 150 and BIOL 290 Key
Skills modules are compulsory for all
i. Structure and communicate Level 1 and Level 2 students
ideas effectively both orally and respectively. These are administered
in writing through a key skills tutorial scheme
ii. Manage time, work to deadlines delivered by structured timetabled
and prioritise workloads and be tutorials with agreed deadlines. Students
capable of independent work. are expected to work together but
iii. Play an effective role in a group. produce independent output.
iv. Find information and use IT Coursework includes the use of IT
effectively skills, analytical, presentational and
v. Assess the relevance and writing skills. Skills acquired at Levels
importance of the ideas of others 1 and 2 are further developed at Level 3
vi. Evaluate own performance and through the writing of a dissertation and
working standards presentations.
Continuous assessment on a regular
basis. In addition to coursework
marking, an element of the assessment
is based on meeting deadlines.