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MMB8033 : Surgical Anatomy

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Meenakshi Swamy
  • Lecturer: Mr Stephen Aldridge, Mr Paul Fearon, Mr Matt Kennedy, Dr Robert Jarman, Mr Dharmendra Agrawal, Dr Colin Nice, Mr Hugh Gallagher
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The module aims to:

1. develop students’ understanding of anatomy at an advanced level

2. introduce students to a range of current medical imaging modalities and surgical techniques

3. enable the students to develop an understanding of cross-sectional anatomy and to develop skills in the interpretation of clinical images

4. inform students of the gross and surface anatomy pertinent to venous access sites

5. enable students to develop an understanding of the principles and practice of ultrasound-guided central venous catheter insertion.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will consider:

1. gross anatomy relevant to a number of common surgical procedures, with a focus on vascular structures

2. an overview of the range of current medical imaging techniques and technologies, a comprehensive study of cross-sectional anatomy to underpin the development of skills in the interpretation of clinical images

3. a study of the gross and surface anatomy relating to venous access

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Preparing for Dissection, Presentation and Examination
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials115:0015:00Non-synchronous online: Lecture materials and discussion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:003:00Present in person (PIP): Module Talk and lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical113:0033:00Present in person (PIP): Performing dissection
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching142:0028:00PIP: Surgical anatomy teaching sessions, structured guided gross anatomy learning sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Present in person (PIP): Oral presentations
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study129:0029:00Revision, additional reading and reflective learning
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Preparing Notes from Lectures and Practicals and Reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

• Taught sessions from clinical tutors will provide students with an overview of current and developing surgical approaches/radiological technologies and will provide a clinical focus/context for anatomical study. This will include delivering detailed anatomical knowledge using a combination of learning resources designed to enable students to understand and relate three dimensional anatomical resources to two dimensional representations of anatomy.

• Dissection will provide an opportunity to engage in an independent and detailed investigation of anatomy of personal interest to the student.

• Dissection will provide an opportunity to develop practical skills in the manipulation of surgical instruments and in dissecting cadaveric material.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A60Present in person unseen written exam - 6 short answer questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M40Oral presentation: 10 mins + 5 mins Q&A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- The written paper will comprise of short answer questions and is an appropriate method of assessing anatomical knowledge and its application to surgical approaches.

- The oral presentation will assess applied anatomical knowledge specific to individual dissection based projects and also students’ ability to present ideas and findings from this study to their peers.

Reading Lists