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MSc (T) Clinical Anatomy

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

MSc (T) Clinical Anatomy

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Science

Programme Code

MED-MSC-CA

UCAS Code

JACS Code

B110 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

For current general University entry requirements for this pathway go to:
http://www.qub.ac.uk/ado

Applicants to the Programme will be required to hold a medical (MB) or dental degree (BDS) or a relevant BSc degree (e.g. Anatomy, Biomedical Science, Human Biology) at upper second class honours level. If the number of applicants exceeds the course capacity, the School may undertake interviews as part of the selection process.

Intercalating medical and dental students within QUB will also be considered but must have successfully completed the third year of the 5 year medical/dental course and achieved at least an upper second class honours standard. Applicants may be required to undertake an interview. Intercalating applicants should also ensure they have permission to intercalate from either the Director for Medical Education or Dentistry, as appropriate. To have an intercalated application considered, an external candidate must be ranked in the top half of their year cohort. A student must normally have passed all assessments at first attempt for the year in which they are applying
International applicants should have either:
- an IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in each of the four component elements of listening, reading, speaking and writing taken within the last 2 years;
- a TOEFL score of 90+ (internet based test), taken within the last 2 years, with minimum component scores of Listening – 20, Reading – 19, Speaking – 21 and Writing – 20;
- a valid Certificate of Proficiency in English grade A or B;
- a valid Certificate of Advanced English grade A; or
- a first or upper class honours degree from a university in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other suitability quality assured location in a country deemed by the UK Border Agency to be a majority English speaking.

For further Information Refer to:
Course Handbook
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
Postgraduate and Professional Development
Whitla Medical Building
97 Lisburn Road Belfast BT9 7BL
www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/
http://go.qub.ac.uk/mscclinicalanatomy
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 2615
Email: pgoffice.smdb@qub.ac.uk

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Applicants may be required to undertake an interview.

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor Tracey Wilkinson

Principal Anatomist and Cox Professor of Anatomy, University of Dundee

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

No

Programme Specific Regulations

AWARDS, CREDITS AND PROGRESSION OF LEARNING OUTCOMES
The following regulations should be read in conjunction with the General Regulations of the University.
1. Candidates must achieve an overall pass mark in all taught modules and the Anatomy project to be awarded the degree of MSc. in Clinical Anatomy. Candidates must pass all modules.
2. In the case of failed modules, candidates will normally be permitted only one re-sit attempt in each module.
3. Candidates who fail a re-sit examination may be required to withdraw from the course.
4. Candidates who achieve an overall pass mark in 60 CATS worth of modules and then withdraw from the programme may be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Anatomy.
5. Candidates who achieve an overall pass mark in 120 CATS worth of modules and then withdraw from the programme may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Anatomy.
6. A candidate who fails the anatomy project module may re-submit the extended academic paper within 6 months. Only one resubmission will be permitted.
7. Candidates who pass all the taught modules but who fail to achieve a mark of at least 50% in the anatomy project module or who fail to submit an extended academic paper, shall be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma only.
8. A Masters degree will be awarded with Commendation to candidates who pass all modules and achieve an overall average of 60% or greater.
9. For the Master’s degree, a pass with Distinction will be awarded only when the following three conditions have been satisfied: an overall average of 70+ is achieved and a mark of 70+ is achieved in the anatomy project module and an average of 65+ is achieved in the other modules.
All decisions on progress will be made by the Board of Examiners

Students with protected characteristics

Normally there are no barriers but being a laboratory-based subject each case will be considered individually.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

To equip students with a significant and wide-ranging knowledge of clinically relevant human anatomy.

To develop student’s ability in using their anatomical knowledge to inform understanding and decision making in complex clinical practice or research.

To provide students with the skills to interpret and identify key anatomical features of clinical relevance from a range of anatomical specimens, including dissections, microscopic anatomy and radiological anatomy.

To develop the student’s critical analysis and writing skills through work such as the anatomy project module.

To foster the acquisition of the skills required to undertake anatomical research and scholarship.

To increase student���s capability for self-directed and life-long learning.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Analyse and integrate observations on different anatomical specimens to create greater comprehension of the complexity of the human body.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical classes and demonstrations; completion of log books; seminars; gathering and manipulating data for the assignment in the anatomy project module

Methods of Assessment

Oral exam; logbooks; oral presentations; essays; extended academic paper for anatomy project module

Evaluate different methods of study of human anatomy, adopting the most appropriate for particular analyses.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical classes and demonstrations; completion of log books; seminars; gathering and manipulating data for the assignment in the anatomy project module

Methods of Assessment

Oral exam; logbooks; oral presentations; essays; extended academic paper for anatomy project module

Generate working hypotheses to allow interpretation and synthesis of anatomical observations and concepts.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical classes and demonstrations; completion of log books; seminars; gathering and manipulating data for the assignment in the anatomy project module

Methods of Assessment

Oral exam; logbooks; oral presentations; essays; extended academic paper for anatomy project module

Judge the ethical aspects of the study of human anatomy.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; lectures; gathering and manipulating data for the assignment in the anatomy project module

Methods of Assessment

Logbooks

Debate the scientific viewpoints contributing to an anatomical research project.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

gathering and manipulating data for the assignment in the anatomy project module

Methods of Assessment

Project presentation and extended academic paper for anatomy project module

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate the ability to produce a well-constructed and organised scientific report on a specific piece of project work.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

gathering and manipulating data for the assignment in the anatomy project module

Methods of Assessment

extended academic paper for anatomy project module; project presentation

Apply critical analysis and reasoning to their own work and that of others.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Coursework; gathering and manipulating data for the assignment in the anatomy project module and focused literature review.

Methods of Assessment

Essays; Logbooks; extended academic paper for anatomy project module; project presentation

Demonstrate effective use of digital and e-learning platforms.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Use of virtual microscope slide platforms

Methods of Assessment

Oral exam; logbooks; oral presentations; essays; extended academic paper for anatomy project module

Use successful strategies to foster and develop their anatomical knowledge and understanding including the ability to work independently.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical classes and demonstrations; completion of log books; seminars; gathering and manipulating data for the assignment in the anatomy project module

Methods of Assessment

logbooks; oral presentations; essays; extended academic paper for anatomy project module

Improve their ability to work in groups by participating actively in team-based tasks and group learning opportunities.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching through group projects

Methods of Assessment

The utilisation of both peer and staff assessment of group product quality and individual contribution

Prioritize tasks and manage their time efficiently.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Schedule the undertaking and completion of a range of coursework and study opportunities within a time-limited framework

Methods of Assessment

Completion of coursework within agreed deadlines; successful completion of study schedules in time for summative assessments

Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Coursework; gathering and manipulating data for the assignment in the anatomy project module

Methods of Assessment

extended academic paper for anatomy project module, oral presentations; essays; logbooks

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Describe and discuss the detailed anatomy of extensive regions of the human body.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical classes and demonstrations; lectures; completion of log books; seminars;; self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Oral exam; logbooks; oral presentations; essays; extended academic paper for anatomy project module

Demonstrate comprehensive application of anatomical knowledge to clinical and research situations.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical classes and demonstrations; lectures; completion of log books; seminars;; self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Oral exam; logbooks; oral presentations; essays; extended academic paper for anatomy project module

Describe and evaluate the contribution and integration of important branches of human anatomy such as cadaveric, microscopical, embryological and radiological anatomy.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical classes and demonstrations; lectures; completion of log books; seminars;; self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Oral exam; logbooks; oral presentations; essays; extended academic paper for anatomy project module

Demonstrate that an appreciation of normal functional anatomy is essential to the understanding of the anatomical manifestations of disease and injury.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical classes and demonstrations; lectures; completion of log books; seminars; self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Oral exam; logbooks; oral presentations; essays; extended academic paper for anatomy project module

Demonstrate a complete understanding of the knowledge that particularly pertains to a specific area of anatomical research.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Anatomy project module; self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

extended academic paper for anatomy project module; Project presentation

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate competence in observational skills including the ability to identify vital structures in previously unseen anatomical specimens.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical classes and demonstrations; completion of log books;

Methods of Assessment

Oral exam; logbooks;

Demonstrate competence in various methods used to prepare anatomical specimens.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical classes and demonstrations; lectures; completion of log books; self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Logbooks; competence testing

Demonstrate competence in methods of recording observations by for example digital photography. Briefly describe and comply with relevant legislation that applies to working with anatomical specimens e.g. Human Tissues Act; Health & Safety legislation.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical classes and demonstrations; lectures; completion of log books;; self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

extended academic paper for anatomy project module; logbooks

Demonstrate experience in scientific project management including the resources required to undertake the project and awareness of the appropriate actions that need to be taken in relation to Health & Safety including COSHH requirements.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical classes and demonstrations; lectures; completion of log books;; self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

extended academic paper for anatomy project module; logbooks

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Anatomy Project

SCM8079

7

60

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Applied Anatomy of the Trunk

SCM8112

7

60

24 weeks

N

YES

40%

60%

0%

Applied Anatomy of the Head, Neck and Brain

SCM8113

7

40

24 weeks

N

YES

30%

70%

0%

Applied anatomy of the Limbs and Back

SCM8114

7

20

24 weeks

N

YES

40%

60%

0%

Evolution of the Human Body

SCM8115

7

20

24 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Special Topics in Microscopic Anatomy

SCM8116

7

20

24 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Special Topics in Embryology

SCM8117

7

20

24 weeks

N

YES

70%

30%

0%

Notes

Students must undertake the Anatomy Project (60 CATS).
Students must also take at least 60 CATS from the following modules: Applied Anatomy SCM8112, SCM8113, SCM8114.
A further 60 CATS may be taken from any of the following modules SCM8115, SCM8116, SCM8117 or those remaining.
Choices and combinations may be restricted because of timetabling availability.