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Unit information: Anatomical Science 1A: Cells, tissues and the nervous system in 2015/16

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Unit name Anatomical Science 1A: Cells, tissues and the nervous system
Unit code ANAT10101
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Fulford
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Anatomy
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

An introduction to the basic anatomical organisation and tissue structure of mammals, including the human. Emphasis is placed on understanding how structures are adapted for the functions they perform. Topics covered include basic cell biology and genetics; ultrastructure of epithelial, connective, muscle and nerve tissues; the first four weeks of embryological development; and basic neurobiology. In laboratory practical sessions, anatomy is studied through microscopy and dissection, and using prosected specimens.


The aim is to give an insight into the biological principles relating structure to function of the mammalian body systems. Students from a wide variety of backgrounds will learn basic anatomical terminology, understand how body systems across species adapt to their particular environments, and learn the basic structure and functions of major mammalian organ systems.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Interpret and use basic anatomical terminology
  • Understand the principles behind the structure and function of visceral systems
  • Understand the concepts underlying functional and structural adaptations across species.

Teaching Information


Laboratory practicals


Assessment Information

Assessment is by:

  • One 2-hour Sessional written examination (65%) Section A: 20 x multiple choice questions; Section B: Extended matching item (x6); Section C: 4 x short questions (mixture of short notes, annotated diagrams, one sentence definitions, etc.)
  • One 50-question multiple choice spot (30%) (Resit Spot in Sept exam period)
  • e-biolabs sessions completion (2.5%)
  • Group poster task (2.5%)

Reading and References

Seeley’s Anatomy and Physiology. VanPutte, Regan and Russo. McGraw Hill Higher Education; 10th Revised edition (2013) ISBN-10: 1259060934 | ISBN-13: 978-1259060939

  • Textbook of veterinary anatomy (4th Ed) 2009. Dyce, K.M., Sack, W.O., and Wensing, C.J.G. Saunders Elsevier Publications