There will be TWO lectures every week.  The venues and timings of the lectures have been set out in the timetable on the preceding page.  Lectures contain material that is integrated and drawn from many different sources – therefore it is vital that you attend all lectures because you will NOT be able to make up for them by reading or attending the lab classes.



The laboratory classes are held in the main Dissecting Room within the Anatomy and Human Biology building.

The weekly laboratory class will be setup from 9am until 1pm, each Thursday.  Each student is expected to attend for at least 2 hours during that period.  Students are welcome to spend more than 2 hours in the lab – but should be leave the DR during tutorials or vivas that they are not involved in.

Attendance and active participation in lab classes is vital to obtain the necessary familiarity with the bones, models and specimens – failure to gain this familiarity will make the practical exam (25%) and vivas (15%) very difficult.

Students must wear a lab coat and covered shoes in the Dissecting Room (make sure you read and follow the dissection room rules – see below)



Short tutorials/vivas will be held in the last half hour of each lab class.  Each student must be in a tutorial group and a roll will be called during each tutorial/viva.  Tutorials and Vivas will be used to summarise and reinforce information learned in the laboratories.  Some of the tutorials will be presented by students as part of their assessment (see below).  Laboratories and tutorial classes are compulsory and roll will be called.



Final Theory Exam

The two hour theory exam contributes 40% of the final mark. The theory exam comprises two sections in the same paper : Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) section and a “Write on” section where students answer a series of short answer questions (SAQ) by filling in spaces on the exam paper. 

Sample MCQs and SAQs from past papers will be posted on the web site.


Final Practical Exam

The 1 hour lab test will contribute  25% to the final mark.

The lab test will have 25 to 30 questions (each with 5 parts). Each question is based on an exhibit showing recognisable aspects of gross anatomy.

There will be sample lab questions put out in lab class during the semester.



Each student will present of short talk and a tutorial paper to their tutorial group.  The tut paper and talk will contribute 10% to the final mark.  To accompany their talk, each student must prepare a one page handout summarising the topic.  This handout must be duplicated so that each student in the group receives a copy at the time of the presentation.  (if requested in advance, the handout can be duplicated on the school photocopier).  The tutorial handout and the talk itself will be assessed.



During the semester there will be 5 vivas (held during the tut/viva period each week).  In a viva the group gathers around a wet specimen (and/or models, bones X-rays) and the tutors ask students in the group to identify features.  Each viva will be worth 3% of the final mark, so a total 15% can be earned in class vivas.  These vivas should not be stressful situations (everyone who attends will pass if they can answer extremely basic questions) but occasions when you can test your knowledge and earn valuable marks.


In-class tests

There will be an in-class test in the lecture slot in week 7 and another one in week 13.  These short tests will take about 30 minutes and will each be worth 5% adding to a total of 10% towards the final mark



The two textbooks recommended for this unit are:

  1. Stern JT. 1997 “Core Concepts in Anatomy” Lippincott-Raven Publishers
    1. Upper limb – sections 78 – 93
    2. Lower limb – sections 94 – 110
    3. Head and neck – sections 43 - 77
  2. Faiz O and Moffat D. 2002 “Anatomy at a Glance” Blackwell science Publishers
    1. Upper limb – sections 27 - 40
    2. Lower limb – sections 41 - 52
    3. Head and neck – sections 54 - 70

These books were selected because they are relatively cheap and simple.  Other regional anatomy texts are also acceptable


However “anatomy and Physiology texts that you may have used in 1st year are NOT ADEQUATE.  If you can find a second-hand copy of “Grants Method of Anatomy” you will find it very useful as many of the diagrams and ideas used in this course come from that book.