BMS246 - Introduction to Human Anatomy (20 credits)

Module Co-ordinator: Dr. L. Buck


To provide students with practical experience of gross anatomy of the human body.


The focus of this course is to correlate the structure of the human body with function.  The location and relationship of structures within the thorax, limbs, abdomen, pelvis and head will be determined through cadaveric dissection and the examination of pre-dissected material and models.  Study of histological samples will allow students to correlate cellular structure with tissue function. Coursework elements will challenge students to use their anatomical knowledge to find a solution to a real-world problem.

Weekly briefing sessions will lay the foundations for each topic and laboratory classes will allow the students to study anatomy topographically in small groups, through dissection and examination of pre-dissected specimens and models. Peer-to-peer teaching sessions will be used to reinforce student learning.


By the end of this unit, a candidate will be able to:

  • Identify anatomical structures from the thorax, limbs, abdomen, pelvis and head.
  • Correlate the structure of anatomical components with their physiological/pathological function.
  • Identify in histological specimens key structures that relate to tissue function.
  • Apply their anatomical knowledge and transferrable skills to prepare and present a campaign that is appropriate for a lay audience.

Teaching Methods

Introductory scene-setting 'briefing sessions', hands-on practical classes (including dissection, examination of pro-sections and peer teaching) and on-line resources (including formative assessment via weekly on-line test). Students will be expected to work independently or in groups to complete some of the work.


Will be a combination of on-line assessments and a ‘spotter style’ examination using cadaveric material.  There will also be a small coursework component of 10%. For more details on assessment please refer to the module handbook.