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Postgraduate Course: Body Handling/Anatomy and the Law (BIME11009)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThere are two parts to this course, 1) - Health & Safety at work and how it relates to anatomy and body handling and 2) - the legislation that governs the activities of Anatomy Departments both in Scotland and throughout the UK.

1) Health & Safety

This will be both a lecture (5 x 1 hour) and practical based (as and when appropriate) course where students will initially learn about Health & Safety at work in general and then more specifically about how this relates to working with bodies. Lectures will be given by those acquaint with the day to day running of an anatomy department plus there will be lectures from the School of Biomedical Sciences Health & Safety Manager. To be covered will be the personal protection required to be worn from when a body first enters the department to when it leaves and the measures to be taken to reduce the risk of the spread of infection to those handling the body, the physical handling of the body, the safe handling of chemicals for embalming of the body etc. Students will have to carry out a Risk Assessment and complete the appropriate documentation for each new procedure to be carried out.

Students will have the opportunity to put into practice what is being covered in the lectures when bodies are received by the department.

2) Legislation Governing the Teaching of Anatomy

This part of the course will look at the legislation governing the use of bodies in anatomy departments. It will consist of 1) - 10 x 1 hour lectures. These will be given mainly by members of academic staff; some will also be given by invited speakers such as Her Majesty's inspector of Anatomy (Scotland) and members of the Health Directorate of the Scottish Executive who will explain the workings of the Anatomy Act from their point of view, 2) - seminars. These will test the understanding of the Anatomy Act by discussing real life and hypothetical situations involving the Act and how they were/may be resolved.

Topics to be covered in the lectures are the history of anatomy and the involvement of Edinburgh in the introduction of the Anatomy Act (1832), how it has been amended over the years resulting in the present Human Tissue Act (2006) which the Anatomy Act is now part of, the difference in the Act between Scotland and England, the importance of record keeping, the requirements of the Act itself, the Anatomy Regulations and the Anatomy Code of Practice. Also to be covered will be the licensing requirements for both teachers of anatomy and the areas where anatomy is to be taught.

Students will see how the Anatomy Act functions in practice by being actively involved in the day to day activities relating to the Anatomy Act from the labelling of a body on its arrival to its final disposal at the crematorium.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
1) Health and Safety

A. understand the need to follow safe working practices at all times
B. understand the importance of and be able to complete COSHH and Risk Assessment forms for all aspects of anatomical work
C. be able to safely embalm a body
D. be competent in safely handling and dissecting an un-embalmed body

2) Legislation Governing the Teaching of Anatomy

A. A thorough knowledge of the Anatomy Act, Anatomy Regulations and the Code of Practice to be followed when handling bodies.
B. An appreciation of the importance of the Anatomy Act and how it must be adhered to.
C. An appreciation of the importance of meticulous record keeping.
D. An understanding of the relationship between the Anatomy Department and Her Majesty's Inspector of Anatomy/Scottish Executive.
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Course organiserDr Gordon Findlater
Tel: (0131 6)50 2997
Course secretaryMrs Marie Manson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3289
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