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Unit information: Anatomical Science 1A in 2020/21

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Unit name Anatomical Science 1A
Unit code ANAT10008
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Jenny McNamara
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Anatomy
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides an introduction to the basic anatomical organisation and tissue structure of various species, including human. Emphasis is placed on understanding how structures are adapted for the functions they perform. This unit begins with an overview of how cells develop into tissues, organs and systems.

The anatomy of body systems will be studied with reference to their embryonic development, microscopic and macroscopic structure, and basic function.


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

This unit has been designed to complement other Biomedical science units.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

  • Cells and tissues
  • Overview of body systems, including integumentary, skeletal, muscular, visceral and nervous systems
  • Nervous system and sense organs
  • 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.

Assessment Information

Summative assessments: (% of total Unit mark)

  • 1 online spot examination 75%
  • 1 group coursework assignment 25%

Formative assessments will also be held

Reading and References

The recommended text:

Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
Kent, George C., Carr, Robert K.
Published by McGraw Hill Higher Education (2000)
ISBN-10:0071181687 ISBN-13:9780071181686

For reference:

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. Dyce, K.M., Sack, W.O., and Wensing, C.J.G. Saunders Elsevier Publications; 4th Edition (2009) ISBN-10: 1416066071 ISBN-13:978-1416066071