Undergraduate Course: Applied Human Osteology (BIME10046)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will provide students with an advanced knowledge of skeletal anatomy, major osteological landmarks and key associated soft-tissue structures. It will also provide students with an understanding of bone biology, development and biomechanics, and examine the importance of the skeleton in a forensic context.
This course will provide students with a detailed knowledge of the human skeletal system. Topics which shall be covered will include adult osteology, bone growth and development, bone biology and microstructure, comparative osteology and forensic anthropology.
This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of the human skeletal system.
The course will be divided into three broad themes: adult osteology and bone biology, skeletal development, maturation and adaptation, and applied osteology and anthropology.
The course will be delivered through 16 one-hour lectures, drawing on the expertise of teaching staff, covering the areas outlined above. Where appropriate, these lectures will be accompanied by a practical session to allow students to put into practice the theory they were introduced to during the lectures.
Additionally, critical thought will be encouraged through two tutorials / seminars which will provide students with an opportunity to discuss contentious issues in the current literature. Students will also be required to complete a critical review exercise where they work in pairs as ¿reviewers¿ for published literature, the results of which will be presented to the class.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 16,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 18,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||In-course assessment: 100% of course mark.
1x Essay (2,500 - 3,000 words) (40%),
1 x Remote Anthropology Assessment Report [RAAR] (40%)
1x Critical Appraisal Presentation (20%)
||Students will receive formative feedback as they progress through the practical classes, which will include examples of mock assessment questions.
Tutorial / seminar sessions will also permit informal feedback, and detailed formal feedback will be provided following in-course assessments.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Clearly demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the human skeleton.
- Be able to describe the gross stages of bone development and have an awareness of the gross milestones In skeletal development.
- Understand, analyse and discuss current theories in bone development.
- Understand and be able to apply anthropological techniques for the identification of unknown skeletal remains.
- Critically evaluate and appraise literature sources, using forensic anthropology resources as an exemplar, with an emphasis on experimental design and result reporting.
|Suggested Core Texts:|
White, Black and Folkens (2011). Human Osteology. 3rd Edition. Oxford: Elsevier Academic Press
(or) White and Folkens (2005). The Human Bone Manual. Oxford: Elsevier Academic Press.
Christensen, Passalacqua and Bartelink (2014). Forensic Anthropology: Current Methods and Practice. Oxford: Elsevier Academic Press.
Further texts / resources may be advised throughout course.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course will allow students to develop transferable skills in the following areas:
¿ Critical review of literature sources
¿ Analysis of complex sociological concepts
¿ Interpretation of scientific data
¿ Discussion and critical appraisal of the work of others
¿ Oral and written communication skills
¿ Group working and engagement.
|Course organiser||Mr Stephen MacLean
Tel: (0131 6)50 2924
|Course secretary||Mr Philip Horey
Tel: (0131 6)50 3160