Advanced Human Anatomy - SACO8141

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


The purpose of this module is to familiarise students with the human musculoskeletal system, providing knowledge of the head, neck and appendicular skeleton and its muscles and nerves, as well as insights into functional, developmental, and comparative aspects of human morphology. These skills are fundamental to a Forensic Anthropologist. The knowledge they learn in this module will build upon SACO8014 Advanced Human Osteology.


Contact hours

Private Study: 126
Contact Hours in the laboratory sessions: 12 x 2 hour labs
Total: 150


Compulsory to the following courses:
• MSc Forensic Osteology and Field Recovery Methods

Also available as an elective module

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
• 50% in class lab test (1 hour)*
• 50% in class lab test (1 hour)*
*Both assessments are pass compulsory and must be passed to achieve the learning outcomes of the module

Reassessment methods
100% coursework

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate an advanced understanding of human soft tissue, including the types and function of muscle
2 Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the main muscle groups, attachment sites on bone (origin and insertion), and action for each muscle
3 Have an advanced understanding of the ethical treatment of human remains in a medical-legal context.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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