Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE MDS2030

 
TITLE Anatomy Practical Skills 2

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

 
DESCRIPTION This unit focuses on the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal and hepato-biliary systems, and the anatomical and physiological basis of common gastrointestinal and hepatic disorders. It will also introduce principles of drug bioavailability, metabolism, and elimination by the liver.

Apart from lectures, there are also Critical Thinking Sessions. These are based on carefully selected clinical cases that are intended to stimulate the student to think and discuss critically the presented problems and to formulate basic scientific and clinical concepts as well as ethical, behavioural and professional principles.

The study-unit will also include Seminars wherein clinicians together with experts in various disciplines will discuss common clinical conditions and supplement the clinical information presented in the Critical Thinking Sessions.

The common features of these learning sessions is that they involve active participation, are student centered and conducive to independent learning as a prelude to continuing life-long education.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim is to help students understand the different areas of human anatomy, histology and embryology, through the use of dissected human prosections from donated bodies, histological slides, as well as clinical sessions on healthy individuals.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- describe the gross and microscopic aspects of the human body, in health and disease, particularly focussing on the gastro-intestinal system, head and neck and neuroanatomy;
- explain the anatomical structures on dissected prosections, particularly involving the gastro-intestinal system, head and neck and neuroanatomy;
- describe the common clinical signs and tests used in diagnosis of conditions affected the gastro-intestinal system, head and neck and the central nervous system;
- explain the different anatomical systems of the human body;
- describe how the different systems function together in a co-ordinated manner in health; and
- discuss how functioning of the different systems can be disrupted in pathological conditions.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- identify different structures of the whole human body, both at gross and at microscopic level, including the head and neck, nervous system, gastrointestinal system;
- apply knowledge of anatomy to identify different clinical signs and examinations both in health and disease;
- integrate anatomical knowledge of the different regions of the body, especially in common pathological conditions;
- identify the anatomical structures on dissected prosections, particularly involving the gastro-intestinal system, head and neck and neuroanatomy; and
- identify common clinical signs and tests used in diagnosis of conditions affected the gastro-intestinal system, head and neck and the central nervous system.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

- Clinical Anatomy by Regions, Richard. S. Snell, 8th Edition. January 2007, Lipincott. ISBN-10: 0-7817-6404-1. ISBN-13: 978-0-7817-6404-9.
- Clinical Anatomy by Systems, Richard. S. Snell, April 2006. ISBN-10: 0-7817-9164-2. ISBN-13: 978-0-7817-9164-9.
- Grays Dissection guide for Human Anatomy, Morton, Peterson and Albertine, Grant's dissector 16th Edition by Alan Detton (ISBN-13:978-1496313805. ISBN-10: 1496313801).

Supplementary Readings

- Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy, Weir, Jamie and Abrahams, Peter, 3rd Edittion, 2003. ISBN-13: 978-0-7234-3211-1; ISBN-10: 0-7234-3211-2.
- Young Lowe, Stevens, Heath and Deakin. Wheater's functional Histology. A text and colour atlas. 5th Edition, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0-443-06850-8 ISBN-10: 0-443-06850-X. Imprint: CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study, Seminar and Tutorial

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Practical (1 Hour) SEM1 Yes 50%
Practical (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 50%

 
LECTURER/S Cristoforo Pomara

 
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