Course Description

Course Name

Functional Anatomy

Session: VGSU3221

Hours & Credits

15 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Course Overview:

This course is designed for students intending to apply for medical (or dental) school, or those currently enrolled in a clinical school that lacks hands-on anatomical experiences. 

This course aims to:

  • introduce and demonstrate the use of medical and anatomical terminology
  • introduce the principles of identification of anatomical structures in medical images
  • help you develop an understanding of gross anatomy
  • help you to demonstrate clinical application of anatomical knowledge
  • aid the development of your critical observation and dissection skills.

The key themes include; the gross anatomy of the back and limbs, the face and neck, the thorax, and the abdomen and pelvis.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe structures using appropriate anatomical and medical terminology
  • identify structures on images
  • identify structures on professionally dissected specimens or anatomical images
  • discuss applications of anatomical knowledge to clinical situations
  • demonstrate proficiency in critical observation and dissection skills.



  • Dissection project (10%)
  • Four quiz assessments, one after each block (10% each)
  • Final multiple choice question exam (50%)


  •  Applicants should have a strong background in University-level Biology or successful completion (pass) of a University-level Anatomy course
  • The course particularly complements the Bioscience for Global Health available during block two – you may wish to consider taking them both.

*Course content subject to change