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Postgraduate Course: Anatomy Law and Ethics (BIME11133)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery 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
SummaryThis course will cover the legislation that governs the activities of Anatomy Departments both in Scotland and throughout the UK. It will also cover the ethical principles, perspectives and arguments relevant to use of human material for anatomical education and the posthumous and proprietary interests in the human body. It will discuss the international, comparative and UK law on cadavers, organs, tissues and genetic material.
Course description This course will discuss the Anatomy Act, the law which govern the use of human material for educational purposes. The students will learn about the content of this legislation, and understand how this translates into the working practises within the teaching environment. They will also consider why this legislation exists, and the ethical issues surrounding body donation and using human material for education purposes. The discussion in this module will also encourage students to consider the different perspectives surrounding anatomy teaching, including the donor, the family, and the impact the dissection of a human body can have on the student.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, 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 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 86 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 essay (100%)
Feedback The students will receive written feedback from their essay, which will give constructive criticism which can be used for future assignments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand how the law impacts on the use of human material for teaching purposes.
  2. Discuss the ethical issues surround the use of human material for research and education.
  3. Describe the legislation surrounding the control of hazards in the anatomy laboratory.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills In this module students will learn to understand legislation and understand how this is translated into good working practise. This is a valuable transferable skill. They will also partake in small group ethical discussions, which will require them to communicate with others, think critically and generate hypotheses and defend opinions.
KeywordsAnatomy,Law,Human Body,Ethics,Society
Course organiserDr Lyndsay Murray
Tel: (0131 6)51 5985
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)50 3289
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