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ANAT3201 Clinical Anatomy Project

40 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Sean Strauther

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Years 1 and 2 of a UK MBChB course or equivalent

Module replaces

BMSC3222 Clinical Anatomy Project

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completing this module, students should be able to:
- Plan, time-manage and execute a practical project in clinical anatomy
- Produce a series of high quality dissections of anatomical specimens relating to a particular clinical condition
- Critically appraise the current literature, including original peer-reviewed publications, pertaining to a clinical problem and present this, together with project findings, in the form of an evaluative written report and as an oral presentation

Learning outcomes
Detailed knowledge of the anatomy relating to a particular clinical condition or surgical procedure.

Skills outcomes
Dissection (includes planning-, time-management-, decision-making-, analytical- presentational- and communication-skills, development of manual dexterity, development of spatial awareness regarding the relationships between anatomical structures in the region(s) studied).
Integration and critical analysis of published anatomical and associated surgical/clinical information and of data collected during the preparation of the student's own prosections.


This element of the intercalated BSc in Clinical Anatomy programme consists of a dissection-based project carried out in the second semester. Students produce a series of anatomical prosections displaying structures relevant to a specific clinical condition. Students will have the opportunity to investigate the relationships of anatomical structures, and may have an opportunity to investigate anatomical variation. Students will critically appraise published material relating to the clinical condition and, where appropriate, the aetiology, pathology and treatment of the condition. In addition to the anatomical prosections, students will present their work and its findings in the form of a written dissertation and as an oral presentation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment10.250.25
Private study hours198.75
Total Contact hours201.25
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Reading, preparation and planning dissections, liaising with clinical staff where appropriate, writing report (lit review, project write-up and analysis), preparation of oral presentation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Individual progress review meetings with supervisor at least two times per week during the dissection phase of the project. Most meetings will be informal in nature, with feedback on progress being provided verbally. Written (or recorded audio) feedback will be provided once every two weeks during the dissection period.

Students will be given one opportunity to receive written (or recorded audio) feedback comments on a draft of their dissertation prior to submitting the final version.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or DissertationDissertation50.00
Oral Presentation10 min + 5 min questions10.00
PracticalTwo Prosections40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

This component of this module takes place over several weeks and requires several hundred hours of work on the part of the student. A resit of this element can, therefore, only be made available at the next offering of the module (i.e. during the academic year following the failed attempt) at the earliest. Normally, students would have returned to their undergraduate medical studies at this point. In the event of a resit being required, negotiations would be conducted with the student’s parent School to determine how best to release the student to take the resit assessment; this may, for example, involve the student taking a second year out from their medical studies in order to complete their intercalated programme. It should be noted, however, that students are not required to pass the practical element of the module in order to pass the module overall; compensation with the other elements of the module assessment is permitted.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 18/07/2022


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