Skeletal Anatomy (ARCM012)

StaffDr Catriona Mckenzie - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level7
Duration of Module Term 1: 10 weeks;

Module aims

This module provides a detailed study of human 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 skeletal anatomy
  • 2. Use anatomical terms correctly
  • 3. Comprehend the importance of fragmented assemblages to understanding the human past and in forensic contexts

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Recognise morphological shapes
  • 5. Be aware of information contained in anatomical texts

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Demonstrate team-working skills
  • 7. Demonstrate heightened awareness of our bodies and its form and function

Syllabus plan

  • This module examines different groups of bones in the human body each week to build up an in-depth knowledge of the human skeleton.

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 Teaching20Educational package sessions (10 x 2 hours)
Guided Independent Study130Independent study using 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
Skills test1008 x 20 minute skills test1-7Return of marked test scripts with discussion

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Skills test8 x 20 minute skills test1-7Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 50%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will be capped at 50%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Abrahams, P.H. (2013) McMinn and Abrahams’ clinical atlas of human anatomy. Mosby, Edinburgh.
  • White, T.D. and Folkens, P.A. (2005). The Human Bone Manual. Academic Press, Amsterdam

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

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Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Anatomical drawing hand-outs

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Key words search

Archaeology, anatomy