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1. Overall Aims Of Course:

The course is designed to introduce the student to:

  • Medical terminology and methods used in gathering information.
  • Understanding of the structure and organization of the human body.
  • Basic tissues of the body and how they are integrated to form functional units.
  • The correlation between structure and function.
  • An awareness of how anatomical knowledge may be applied effectively in clinical and scientific context.
  • The beginnings of an understanding of how to pursue independent and self-learning and how to work effectively in small groups.

2. Intended Learning Outcomes Of Course (ILOS):

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

At the end of the course students should be able to:

  1. Describe the structural components of the different regions of the human body.
  2. Correlate the various structures of the various regions with their function.
  3. Observe surface markings and to feel and identify anatomical features.
  4. Recognize common variation and understand the cause.

2. Intellectual Skills:

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Case-based discussions framed in a clinical presentation format to guide students’ learning and to emphasize the gross anatomy and embryology of the human body.
  2. Interpret common diagnostic images and understand the clinically relevant condition.

3. Professional & Practical Skills:

  1. Demonstrate appropriate truthfulness, honesty, and cooperation with colleagues.
  2. Treat people respectfully.
  3. To facilitate the learning of human gross anatomy and embryology so that a student can recognize and use anatomic principles during the course and throughout their careers.

4. General & Transferable Skills:

  1. Laboratory Assignments: Students will spend the majority of their time in a small group setting. Each student is expected to be an active participant
  2. Human Relationships and Communications: Demonstrate effective verbal communication with colleagues and teaching stuff.
  3. Communicate relevant information in concise, unambiguous writing, with sketched illustration.

3. Contents (per year):

I. The Human Anatomy and Embryology course for first year student is a 30-week, 6-credit hour course.

Topic Lecture hours Practical hours
a) Human regional gross & clinical anatomy    
General anatomy 15 20
Anatomy of the upper limb 24 32
Anatomy of the abdomen 18 24
Anatomy of the pelvis & perineum 15 20
Anatomy of the lower limb 18 24
b) General Embryology 30  
Total 120 120

II. The Human Anatomy and Embryology course for second year student is a 30-week, 6-credit hour course.

Topic Lecture hours Practical hours
a) Human regional gross & clinical anatomy    
Anatomy of the thorax. 12 24
Anatomy of the head & neck. 48 96
b) Systemic Embryology 30  
c) Neuro-anatomy 30 20
Total 120 120

4. Teaching & Learning Methods:

  1. Didactic Lectures: lectures are given on selected topics.
  2. Tutorials: Pre-selected topics are discussed in a more informal setting.
  3. Problem based learning: A case relevant to the topic is discussed. Active student participation is encouraged in these sessions.
  4. Practical Sessions. Demonstration of prosected material with discussion.
  5. Computer assistant learning : research assignment for small groups of student on certain clinically relevant topics.

5. Student Assessment:

Assessment methods:

  1. MCQs to assess knowledge and understanding.
  2. Practical exam to assess the ability of the student to identify structures indicated in cadaveric specimens and on dry specimens (bone or plastinated specimens) and to respond to questions related to given structures.
  3. Essay Qs to assess the ability of the students to identify and apply anatomical knowledge in a comprehensive written way.
  4. Oral to assess the ability of the students to identify and apply anatomical knowledge in a comprehensive oral way.

Assessment schedule:

  1. Assessment 1 Quiz 1 Week 8
  2. Assessment 2 Quiz 2 Week 10
  3. Assessment 3 Midyear Exam Week 14
  4. Assessment 4 Quiz 3 Week 18

Weighting of Assessments:

  1. Mid-term Exam 16 %
  2. Final Exam 50 %
  3. Oral Exam 6 %
  4. Practical Exam 24 %
  5. Periodic evaluations 2 %
  6. Semester Work 0 %
  7. Research work 2 %

6. List of References:

  1. Course Notes
  2. Essential Books (Text Books)
    1. Gray’s Anatomy, 39th edition. 2005.
    2. The developing human-clinically oriented embryology. 5th edition. 1993.
  3. Recommended Books
    1. Moore, K.L. and A.F. Dalley, Clinically Oriented Anatomy, 5th edition, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2005.
    2. T.W.Sadler ,Langman‘s Medical Embryology, 8th edition, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2000.
    3. Tank, P.W., Grant’s Dissector, 13th edition, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2005
    4. Agur, A.M.R. and Dalley, A.F. Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy, 11th edition, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2005
  4. Periodicals, Web Sites : http://medicaleducationonline.org/

7. Facilities Required For Teaching And Learning:

  1. A well equipped anatomy museum.
  2. Bones : articulated and non articulated
  3. Cadavers: Prosected materials.
  4. Diagnostic images: X-rays, CT, and MRI.
  5. Plastic models or section of adult human body embedded in resin.
  6. Video-tapes and CD on topographic anatomy and guides to dissection.
  7. Data show, transparent sheet and overhead projectors