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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ANAT3202 Medical Embryology

10 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Tanya Chamberlain

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Years 1 and 2 of the University of Leeds MBChB course or equivalent

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completing this module students should be able to:
- describe normal human development from gametogenesis, fertilisation, implantation and embryogenesis to foetus
- apply knowledge of normal development to understand and discuss abnormal development
- apply knowledge of normal and abnormal reproductive anatomy and physiology to describe and compare methods of assisted reproductive technology (IVF)
- describe methods of prenatal screening, including the relevant anatomy, and discuss the potential complications of these procedures
- describe the anatomy of the placenta and foetal membranes and understand the functions of these structures
- discuss the exchange of substances between maternal and foetal blood including antibodies and pathogens and the consequences of this
- describe the processes of dizygotic and monozygotic twinning and discuss potential complications including conjoined twins and twin-twin transfusion syndrome

Learning outcomes
On completing this module, students should have:
- detailed knowledge of normal human reproduction and embryology
- knowledge of common congenital conditions and the underlying processes involved

Skills outcomes
Skills outcomes:

- The use of primary literature to determine the current state of relevant embryological knowledge
- Problem solving - determining the type of developmental malformation and explaining the underlying processes.


A 10 credit module for the BSc Clinical Anatomy programme which provides an opportunity to study normal and abnormal human development. This module explores how human embryological development explains normal adult anatomy and a range of congenital malformations.
Students will explore human embryology from gametogenesis to the foetal stage. This will include:

- abnormal gametogenesis and karyotyping
- fertilisation and assisted reproductive technology
- Implantation, embryogenesis and congenital abnormalities
- Prenatal diagnosis
- Placental and foetal membranes
- Twinning

Practical sessions will include problem solving related to congenital malformations. Practical work will be supported by lectures and tutorials and written resources.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment10.500.50
Class tests, exams and assessment11.001.00
Private study hours76.50
Total Contact hours23.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Preparation/de-brief for each practical session (4hr per session) = 16 hr
Preparation/de-brief for each lecture (4hr per lecture) = 40 hr
Preparation for written examination = 22 hr

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored throughout the module by keeping a record of student participation in discussions during practical sessions. This will provide informal assessment student progress. There will also be formative MCQs provided on the VLE that will be monitored to provide further information regarding student knowledge and understanding. Any students not participating fully in practical classes or demonstrating a lack of knowledge and understanding will be asked to meet with the module manger to assess if there is a need for additional support. If appropriate, the programme leader will be notified.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationGroup presentation on an aspect of embryology of the group's choice10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)10.00

As the coursework component of this module involves a group-based exercise, the resit of this element can only be made available at the next offering of the module (i.e. during the academic year following the failed attempt) at the earliest. Students would need to make themselves available for the necessary group activities. As they would normally have returned to their undergraduate medical studies at this point, negotiations would be conducted with their parent School to facilitate their release to undertake these activities. It should be noted, however, that students are not required to pass the group-based problem-solving exercise in order to pass the module; compensation with the other elements of the module assessment is permitted.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S2)1 hr 00 mins50.00
Practical Spot Test Exam (2)0 hr 30 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)90.00

Unseen written examination: short answer questions. 1 hour examination Practical examination: spot test. 30 minute examination

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 18/07/2022


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