Musculo-skeletal Anatomy (ARCM414)

StaffDr Laura Evis - Lecturer
Dr Catriona Mckenzie - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
NQF Level7
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module provides a detailed study of human musculo-skeletal anatomy that emphasises a functional approach to the identification and description of fragmented human remains recovered from archaeological and forensic contexts.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a functional understanding of human musculo-skeletal anatomy
  • 2. Use anatomically terms correctly
  • 3. Demonstrate competence in the identification of heavily fragmented human bones
  • 4. Understand the relationship between tendinous and ligamentous entheses and their influence on bone morphology
  • 5. Comprehend the importance of fragmented assemblages to understanding the human past and in forensic contexts

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. Interpret three-dimensional shapes
  • 7. Better appreciate the development of the human skeleton and the evolutionary and how ontogenetic changes have influenced human anatomy and function
  • 8. Be aware of information contained in anatomical texts and their use

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. Team-working skills
  • 10. Heightened awareness of our bodies and its form and function
  • 11. Demonstrate competent laboratory protocols

Syllabus plan

This module examines different groups of bones and muscles in the human body each week to build up an in-depth knowledge of the human skeleton and the surrounding soft tissues.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities44Lectures and practical sessions (11 x 4 hours)
Guided independent study256Independent study using anatomical computer-aided learning and reference resources

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Anatomy quizzes508 x 0.5 hour tests1-6, 9-11Return of marked quiz scripts with lab-based discussion
Practical exam502 x one-hour exam1-8, 10-11Return of marked exam scripts with lab-based discussion

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Anatomy quizzesAnatomy quizzes 8 x 0.5 hour tests1-6, 9-11referred/deferred period
Practical examPractical exam 2 hours1-8, 10-11referred/deferred period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

McMinn, R.M.H. and Hutchings, R.T. (1985). Color Atlas of Human Anatomy. Medical Publishers Inc., Chicago.

van Beek, G.C. (1983). Dental Morphology: An Illustrated Guide. (Second Edition). Wright, Oxford.

Stone, R.J. and Stone, J.A. (1990). Atlas of the Skeletal Muscles. Wm. C. Brown Publishers, Dubuque (IA).

White, T.D. and Folkens, P.A. (2005). The Human Bone Manual. Academic Press, Amsterdam

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Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Anatomical drawing hand-outs, laboratory casts and human skeletal collection

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Key words search

Archaeology, Anatomy