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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

  • This course will give you an in-depth understanding of the human musculoskeletal system, how it produces movements of the body and how it can be affected by injury and disease.
  • You will gain hands-on experience of human dissection, imaging techniques and image analysis.
  • You will learn which information can, and cannot, be obtained using different imaging techniques.
  • You will obtain transferrable skills, including problem-solving and presentation practice.
  • The course is taught jointly by basic scientists, clinicians and technicians.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Bahgat Sami

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Programme Level 3
  • One of BSc Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy) or () or Bsc In Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy & Biobusiness) or ()

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will build on the introductory practical anatomy courses in 2nd year and aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the anatomy and function of the musculoskeletal system. It will examine several key questions: How do the different parts of the system work together to produce movements? How is the function of muscles, tendons or joints determined by their structure? How is their function affected by different injuries and diseases? Which imaging techniques can we use to visualise different parts of the musculoskeletal system in health and disease?

Lectures and practical work on this course will include: an overview of the basic biomechanical principles underlying human movements, an introduction to basic dissection skills and hands-on experience of dissections of human limbs, an overview of different imaging techniques including MRI, CT, PET, ultrasound and microscopy and hands-on experience of ultrasound scanning of human limbs, staining of muscle sections and analysis of microscopy images. You will gain experience of writing a dissection report, preparing and delivering a PechaKucha presentation on a selected clinical condition of the musculoskeletal system and working on a clinical case to choose appropriate diagnostic imaging techniques for this case.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

3 dissection reports 5% each

MCQ test 5%

1500 word research essay 5%

Research presentation 5%

Take Home Exam 10%

Online Final Exam 60%

Alternative Resit Assessment

Failed students will only resit the Online final exam (60%) in Online/blended learning

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyStudents will be able to interpret and compare and contrast images of the musculoskeletal system obtained with different imaging techniques (e.g. MRI, CT, PET, microscopy).
ProceduralEvaluateStudents will be able to apply their knowledge about the musculoskeletal system and relevant imaging techniques to solve clinical problems.
ProceduralAnalyseStudents will be able to perform and describe dissections of cadaveric human specimens.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents will be able to explain structure-function relationships and clinical conditions in the musculoskeletal system.
ProceduralCreateStudents will be able to prepare and deliver an oral presentation and short report about a selected research topic.
ProceduralApplyStudents will be able to perform histological staining of tissue samples, understand the procedure and analyse results.

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