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Unit information: Research Portfolio in 2021/22

Unit name Research Portfolio
Unit code ANAT30007
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Scott Paterson
Open unit status Not open



Advanced Dissection

School/department School of Anatomy
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Students will use dissection findings to pursue an original project which relates specifically to their cadaveric subject. Information will be mainly sought from scientific literature, but not exclusively as the basis of the research will be in variations, procedures and pathology encountered during dissection. To this end students may also make measurements e.g. size of lesion and observations e.g. tissue integration for an implanted device which can be discussed as part of the dissertation. Findings will also be communicated in the form of a poster. Students will make use of the skills taught in the sibling unit MCT (ANAT30003) to communicate their dissertation project in written, visual, and oral formats through the production of a dissertation thesis, production and presentation of a poster, and delivery of an oral presentation. These three outputs (dissertation, poster, oral presentation) constitute the research portfolio.

This unit aims to enable students to:

  • gather information from the primary scientific and/or clinical literature and to critically evaluate the material and appraise competing theories or studies.
  • further investigate observations made with the dissection room
  • present original findings and ideas to a specialist audience in written and oral forms

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this unit students will:

  1. demonstrate the ability to conduct independent scientific research and collect valid data/make observations as appropriate
  2. interpret, analyse and evaluate scientific and clinical data;
  3. summarise and present results appropriately;
  4. interpret their findings within the context of current published research.

Teaching Information

Portfolio planning and discussion meetings with project supervisors.

Assessment Information

The Research Portfolio consists of:

1 x 10,000 word dissertation (80%)

1 x Oral presentation (3 minute thesis) (20%)

1 x Formative Poster presentation

Assessment weightings are provided in brackets.


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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.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

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.