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Unit information: Anatomical Science for Engineering MSc in 2021/22

Unit name Anatomical Science for Engineering MSc
Unit code ANAT10002
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Miss. Richards
Open unit status Not open

Undergraduate degree in Engineering



School/department School of Anatomy
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit runs in parallel with Anatomical Science 1A (ANAT10008) as a sub-unit to provide anatomical background for an MSc course for postgraduate engineers. It provides an introduction to the basic anatomical organisation and tissue structure of various species, including human. The purpose is to teach postgraduate engineers the basic anatomy of the circulatory, respiratory, and locomotor (bones, joints and muscles) systems. The anatomy of these body systems in various animals including the human will be studied, with reference to their embryonic development, microscopic structure, macroscopic structure and basic function. Emphasis is placed on understanding how structures are adapted for the functions they perform.


This unit aims to provide engineering MSc students with a foundation in the principles of anatomical design. Students will explore the concepts behind structural and functional adaptations in different species.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Explain the relationship between the structure and function of the following areas:

  • Cells and tissues
  • Locomotor system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system

Identify key anatomical structures and describe their basic function

Describe the variation in structure between relevant species

Outline the development of the body from cells of the embryo to established organ systems.

Teaching Information

This unit will be delivered by a combination of online learning opportunities such as lectures, interactive resources and practicals. Practicals, including study of cadaveric specimens, will be delivered via a blended approach using online and in-person delivery (where current local Government guidelines allow).

Assessment Information

Summative assessments: (% of total Unit mark)

  • 1 online spot examination (100%)

A formative assessment is also held


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.