MODULE DESCRIPTION 2017-18

AUTUMN SEMESTER 15 CREDITS
AAP685 HUMAN OSTEOLOGY
CO-ORDINATOR: PIA NYSTROM
OTHER TUTORS:

MODULE OUTLINE

In this module the students are introduced to the human skeleton, both adult and immature, and comparative primate skeletons. They are provided with in depth information on how to recognise individual bones, how to side elements by being familiar with all pertinent landmarks. They will be introduced to the size and shape variation present in the skeleton of Homo sapiens, including variations due to sex, ethnic affinity, and temporal changes.


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

This unit aims to:

  • provide the opportunity for an in depth macroscopic examination of the human skeleton
  • provide proficiency in recognising landmarks, muscle attachments and pathological alterations
  • provide the opportunity to appreciate the range of variation in size and shape of human skeletons
  • provide proficiency in identifying fragments of skeletal elements.

MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of :

  • be able to demonstrate a comprehensive foundation knowledge of human osteology
  • be able to identify individual osteological elements, both complete and fragmented elements
  • be able to have an understanding of the structure and function of the human skeleton, and how external factors, such as physical activity and general health may influence the appearance of individual bones
  • to be able to recognise the range of variation present in modern humans.

EXAMPLES OF LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES

Our lectures/seminars are highly participative and taught by leaders in their field.

  • Structure and function of hard tissues; Introduction to the human skeleton
  • Examine the vertebral column & thorax
  • Examine the bones of the upper limb
  • Examine the bones of the hand
  • Examine the bones of cranium and mandible
  • Examine deciduous & permanent teeth
  • Examine the bones of the pelvic girdle
  • Examine the bones of the lower limb
  • Examine the bones of the foot
  • Examine the influence of physical activity on the skeleton
  • Examine cremations and immature skeleton

STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type

Hours

Lectures 8
Laboratory Sessions and Tests 19
Independent Study (including preparation for assessments) 123

ASSESSMENT

Method

% of marks

Hours/Length

Essay 60% 2000 words
Formal examination 40% 5 x 0.5 hours