Advanced Human Osteology and Anatomy - SE814

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 7 15 (7.5) DR C Deter checkmark-circle


In this module students are introduced to the human skeleton (adult and juvenile) and soft tissue (major muscle groups) identification. They are provided with in depth information on how to identify individual bones (complete and fragmented), how to side paired bones by being familiarly with all pertinent landmarks on the bone. Students will gain advanced knowledge of the origin and insertion of all major muscle groups. They will be introduced to size and shape variation present in the human skeleton including variations due to biological sex, ethnic affinity and temporal changes.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours



Autumn term

Method of assessment

5 x 30 minute Practical Bone Quizzes (10% each, total of 50%)
3000 Word Practical Lab report (50%)

(5 x 30 minute Practical quizzes assess the student's identification of human skeletal remains, bone features, muscle attachment and insertion points. 3000 Word Practical lab report assesses the student's knowledge of methods in skeletal remains as well as application of problem solving in the analysis of human remains.)

Indicative reading

Gosling, Harris, Humperson, Whitmore, and Willan 2016 Human Anatomy Color Atlas and Text 6th edition. Mosby and Wolfe
Schwartz, J.H. 2006 Skeleton Keys: An introduction to Human Skeletal Morphology, Development, and Analysis. Second Edition. Oxford University PRess
White, T.D., Black, M.T., Folkins, P.A. . 2012 Human Osteology 3nd Ed. Academic Press

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. have an advanced understanding of human hard tissue, including the development, form and function of bone and muscle, and interpretation of morphological features of bone. Students will also have an advanced knowledge of the main muscle groups, attachment sites on bone (origin and insertion), nerve innovation for each muscle.
2. have an advanced practical experience of identification of complete human bone and bone fragments.
3. have an advanced understanding of the ethical treatment of human remains in a medical-legal context
4. demonstrate advanced level of critical thinking and problem solving.
5. demonstrate advanced level of independent learning and time management.
6. demonstrate advanced organisational and presentational skills and deliver information in a clear and concise manor.
7. demonstrate advanced development of laboratory and practical skills.
8. demonstrate further development of communication both orally and in writing.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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