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ANATOMY

For level 1 and 2 courses, please refer to entries under Biomedical Sciences

> Level 3
AN 3008
TISSUE ORGANISATIONS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr I Stewart

Pre-requisite(s): BI 20B2 or BI 25B2

The course will include lectures on the differentiation of the four primary tissues. Further lectures will examine the way that these tissues combine to form structural and functional units along the themes of Surfaces, Tubes and Structural Support within mammals but with an emphasis on the human situation. Practicals will offer demonstrations of traditional and modern methods of analysing structure with practical experience of the analysis of data produced by such methodologies.

2 two-hour lectures or tutorials per week and 3 full day practicals.

1st Attempt: 1 one and a half hour essay and short note examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%). Continuous assessment comprises: Poster preparation, Image description and analysis, essay/short note and critique.

Resit: 1 one and a half hour essay and short note examination (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

- Essay critique, essay planning and short note form part of the in-course assessment and provide feedback comments in preparation for end of course written examination.

- Practical reports and essays will be marked with written comments.
- Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content.
- Written comments will be provided on the essay planning and short note and essay critique.
- Written feedback on other coursework.

AN 3301
HUMAN EMBRYONIC DEVELOPMENT
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr I Stewart

Pre-requisite(s): BI 20M3, BI 20B2, or BI 25B2 or BM 2009 / BM 2509 (the latter BSc Biomedical Sciences students only).

This course will cover the following topics;

Axis determination; Formation of the human blastocyst; Gastrulation; Development of the Germ Layers; The function of the "Node"; Determination of the rostro-caudal axis; Determination of the dorso-ventral axis; Neurulation; Development of the circulatory system; The development and role of the Neural crest; Limb development; Differentiation of the muscles and skeleton;
Sex determination and the urogenital system; Birth defects.

2 two-hour lectures or tutorials per week and 2 full day practicals (7 hours) and two half day practicals.

1st Attempt: 1 one and a half hour essay and short note examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%). Continuous assessment comprises: Oral presentation, Image description and analysis, essay/short note practice.

Resit: 1 one and a half hour essay and short note examination (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

- Essay planning and short note form part of the in-course assessment and provide feedback comments in preparation for end of course written examination.

- Practical reports and essays will be marked with written comments.
- Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content.
- Written comments will be provided on the essay planning and short note.
- Written feedback on other coursework, including oral presentation.

AN 3503
BIOLOGICAL IMAGING
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr I Stewart and Professor M Helfrich

Pre-requisite(s): BM 2009, BM 2509, AN 3008.

Note(s): Restricted to BScBMS Anatomy students.

  • Historical overview of biological imaging techniques

  • Light and electron microscopy including specialist, preparative techniques

  • Confocal miscroscopy

  • Image analysis

  • Radiological techniques including ultrasound, MRI, CT and associated specialist preparative techniques

  • PET

  • The application of imaging techniques in cell and organ culture

2 two-hour lectures or tutorials per week and 2 full day (7 hours) and 2 half day Practicals.

1st Attempt: 1 one and a half hour essay examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%). Continuous assessment comprises: 2 laboratory reports, 1 problem solving and oral presentation exercise.

Resit: 1 one and a half hour essay examination (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

- Practice exam questions on MyAberdeen.

- Practical reports will be marked with written comments.
- Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content.
- Written comments will be provided on laboratory reports.

 

> Level 4

PLEASE NOTE: Resit: (for Honours students only): Candidates achieving a CAS mark of 6-8 may be awarded compensatory level 1 credit. Candidates achieving a CAS mark of less than 6 will be required to submit themselves for re-assessment and should contact the Course Co-ordinator for further details.

AN 4002
BRAIN FUNCTION AND MALFUNCTION
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr B Platt

Pre-requisite(s): BM 3006

Note(s): The practical work required in this course may pose difficulties to students with disabilities. For such students, alternate arrangements will be made. Any student wishing to discuss this further should contact the School Disability Co-ordinator.

There is currently much interest in the organisation and function of the mammalian brain. The way in which neuronal pathways interact to produce given behaviours, emotions and desires, and capabilities such as sensation and awareness represents one of the hallmarks of today’s research. Topics such as these are introduced in lectures on neuroanatomy and expanded upon by seminar presentations. An additional focus is malfunctions of the central nervous systems (CNS), such as Alzheimer’s disease or stroke.

6 weeks course, Thread I

1 two-hour introduction, 6 two-hour lectures, 3 three-hour seminars and 3 three-hour practicals.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (80%) and seminar presentation (20%).

AN 4003
BRAIN FUNCTION AND MALFUNCTION (WITH ANATOMY)
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr I J Stewart (with Dr B Platt)

Pre-requisite(s): Acceptance into honours year of BScBMS (Anatomy) degree.

Note(s): Students taking this course may not register for AN 4002.

There is currently much interest in the organisation and function of the mammalian brain. The way in which neuronal pathways interact to produce given behaviours, emotions and desires, and capabilities such as sensation and awareness represents one of the hallmarks of today's research. Topics such as these are introduced in lectures on neuroanatomy and expanded upon by seminar presentations. An additional focus is malfunctions of the central nervous systems (CNS), such as Alzheimer's disease or stroke. In addition, there will be a structured dissection based instructional practical course providing the skills necessary to define peripheral nerves and other tissues.

1 two-hour introduction, 6 two-hour lectures; 3 three-hour seminars; 2 three-hour practical classes; 4 two-hour dissection classes. Attendance at departmental seminars encouraged.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (80%) and dissection activity report (20%).

Resit: Not normally available.

AN 4301
DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROSCIENCE (WITH ANATOMY)
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr A Venkatesh (with Dr A Rajnicek)

Pre-requisite(s): Acceptance into honours year of BSc BMS (Anatomy) degree.

Note(s): Students taking this course may not register for PY 4302.

This course considers development of the nervous system in a broad context. Topics include the initial establishment of the nervous system in an embryo, the birth and migration of nerve cells, nerve growth, and guidance mechanisms, synapse formation, and development of the eye, including how it is "wired" to the brain. Discussion of nervous system plasticity encompasses stem cells and regeneration following injury or disease (eg. spinal cord injury, stroke).

In addition, there is an elective dissection based activity on an aspect of the central or peripheral nervous system to enhance human cadaveric dissection skills and illustration.

14 lectures plus student led presentations. Performance is assessed by an independent written summary of a group presentation topic, elective dissection, and a 2-hour written exam.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (70%), in-course assessment - group work (15%) and dissection activity and illustrative report (15%.