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Unit information: Human Anatomy: Thorax, Head and Neck in 2021/22

Unit name Human Anatomy: Thorax, Head and Neck
Unit code ANAT20003
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Ms. Lucy Hyde
Open unit status Not open

ANAT10008 Anatomical Science 1A & ANAT10009 Anatomical Science 1B or other approved unit normally required



School/department School of Anatomy
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit covers the topographical and surface anatomy of the human thorax and head and neck region. It features teaching using prosected cadavers and includes consideration of imaging techniques and common clinical conditions.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Detailed knowledge of musculoskeletal and visceral systems of the human thorax, head and neck, including:

  • skeletal elements
  • muscle attachments, actions and nerve supply
  • disposition of viscera/structures and their relationships to other body structures, their circulatory supply/drainage and their autonomic nerve supply.

Teaching Information

Each week covers an anatomical theme, and teaching will consist of: Online interactive tutorials Lecture shorts Prosection practicals

Assessment Information

One spot exam in the January exam period (50%) One summative written exam in the January exam period (50%) Online assessment tasks throughout the unit (formative)


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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 take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.