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Applied Clinical Anatomy (Postgraduate Certificate)

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  • Objectives
    To promote the acquisition of applied anatomical knowledge and skills and the application of anatomical science
  • Entry requirements
    The course is aimed at students who have studied some basic anatomy within their first degree for example: medical doctors, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives, other health related professionals, graduates in biology, cell biology, biomedical science, sports science, medical illustrators etc. Candidates should normally have a first or second-class honours degree in a relevant subject and/or recognized professional qualification. For students whose first language is not English, evidence will be required of successful completion of an English Language qualification such as TOEFL (minimum 600) or IELTS (minimum 6.5 with at least 6 in each sub-test). All applications are assessed on an individual basis. Applicants should ensure that their personal statements identify why they wish to study this course.
  • Academic Title
    Applied Clinical Anatomy (Postgraduate Certificate)
  • Course description

    The certificate is designed to allow choice and foster personal development.  Plenty of opportunity will be given to students to develop their skills in anatomy and dissections using human cadaveric specimens.

    The Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Clinical Anatomy (60 M level credits) consists of three modules, the two core modules are compulsory; Applied Clinical Anatomy 1 worth 15 M level credits, and Applied Clinical Anatomy 2 worth 30 M level credits. To facilitate ongoing personal development and make up the required 60 Masters level credits, the student can choose a further optional module related to the aims of the certificate. There are many Masters level modules available within the University.

    Course Structure and Content

    The certificate consists of three modules (two core compulsory plus one option).

    Applied Clinical Anatomy 1 (core) worth 15 M level credits. This module will cover histology, embryology, identification of prosections, gross anatomy of various systems, radiology, preserving, and embalming The gross anatomy will be linked to functional and clinical relevance
    Applied Clinical Anatomy 2 (core) worth 30 M level credits. Through student-lead tutorials, theoretical and practical studies including dissections, the student will cover in-depth, the theoretical and practical aspects of knowledge relating to the students’ chosen anatomical focus.
    • One option module to the value of 15 credits at M level

    There are many Masters level modules available within the Faculty and the wider University. The Academic Year starts in September, and is divided into two semesters; one-core module will be available in each semester. This allows the student the freedom to select an optional module within either semester.

    Course Modules

    Core Modules

    Applied Clinical Anatomy 1 (15 credits)
    • Applied Clinical Anatomy 2 (30 credits)

    Option Modules

    A wide choice of modules can be chosen from within the Faculty of Health and/or the wider University. For example, modules available from the School of Health and Rehabilitation (Faculty of Health) include those below:

    • Research Methods (15)
    • Evidence Based Practice (15)
    • Introducing Acupuncture (15)
    • Advanced Manual Therapy (30)
    • Motor Control of Movement Dysfunction (30)
    • Joint & Soft Tissue Injection (15)
    • Physiology of Neuromusculoskeletal Tissue (15)
    • Mechanics of Neuromusculoskeletal Tissue (15)
    • Applied Exercise Physiology for Healthcare Professionals (15)
    • Concepts of Neurological Rehabilitation (15)
    • Physiology and Pharmacology of Pain (15)
    • Assessment of Pain (15)
    • Psychosocial Aspects of Pain (15)
    • Dynamic Ultrasound Imaging (15)
    • Musculoskelatal Management at the Interface (30)
    • Management of Complex Musculoskeletal Patients using a Biopsychosocial Approach (30)
    • Electrotherapy and Physical Agents in Rehabilitation (15)
    • Assessment of Pain (15)
    • Psychosocial Aspects of Pain (15)
    • Physiology and Pharmacology of Pain (15)
    • Independent Study (15)

    Candidates can also apply for assessment of prior learning (APL) exemptions against option modules, or choose to take option modules from a range offered by other Faculties in the University, or other Universities, provided they are consistent with the aims of the programme and are approved by the Course Team.

    Teaching and Assessment

    The programme of study will be delivered through block teaching sessions and self-directed study (See individual modular specification for details of hours etc).

    Teaching format will be lecturers, seminars, discussions, problem-solving sessions, tutorials, and dissections to address theoretical and practical aspects of applied clinical anatomical knowledge. The student is expected to complete at least double the amount of self-directed study.

    A variety of modes of assessment are offered. For the Applied Clinical Anatomy 1 module - the student can choose his or her own mode of assessment from the selection given, for example, assignment, presentation or an interactive practical examination. For the Applied Clinical Anatomy 2 - The student will present a portfolio of evidence of their experiential learning during the process of exploring in-depth the theoretical and practical aspects of clinical anatomical knowledge relating to the students chosen field of knowledge. This will include a 4000-word assignment, 4 laboratory reports including such activities as dissections, clinical meetings etc, a 2500 word reflective piece demonstrating experiential learning and finally the evidence of experiential learning.

    The pass mark for all modules is 50%.

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