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Synthetic Anatomy

Module code: 5BBA2031
Module credits: 15
Module convenor: 
Dr Mandeep Gill Sagoo


The aim of the module is to explore anatomical structure in a choice of possible contexts: development, evolution, structure and function. Students will work on a pre-selected anatomical structural series or group of related structures in small groups. Groups will comprise collaborative teams of students from Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Sciences overseen by a desginated tutor. Each group will 3D print anatomical components from image databases, 3D scans or designs and explore their anatomical significance through a co-designed webpage. The module will be a means of developing:

  • Interdisciplinary perspectives on anatomy
  • Expertise in image analysis, manipulation and 3D printing
  • Reflective approaches to learning
  • Team work skills and project management

Learning Objectives

Learning outcomes are closely aligned to the SEEC Level 5 descriptors for critical thinking and conceptualisation. In particular, students will be able to identify, analyse and communicate principles and concepts of anatomical design from deliberately juxtaposed perspectives. Specific outcomes are that students will be able to:

1.  Recover and process data from digital resources  

2.  Compute 3D data sets by accessing image databases, 3D scanning and through design 

3.  Apply 3D printing technology and software 

4.  Critically review structural, functional, developmental and/or evolutionary relationships with anatomy  

5.  Reflect on effective strategies collaborative research  

6.  Deliver and utilise constructive feedback  

7. Summarise and present learning to peers and tutors using effective communication skills

Module Description

Synthetic Anatomy has been designed to explore interdisciplinary approaches to Biomedical Sicences using teaching and assessment that is aligned to promoting co-working and employability. It will take advanatge of technological innovation in 3D data set manipulation and printing to frame anatomical questions as product design. It gives students to explore the rewards of working in a team across programmes of study while allowing individuals to develop key transferrable skills in digital anatomy. The module will combine a somewhat novel approach to student project work in that teams of students will co-operate in the production of new research-led products (specifically 3D models of particular and novel anatomical structures) which require a combination of knowledge and the skills from the disciplines of both anatomy and biomedical engineering. The module will also combine conventional academic learning outcomes (i.e. knowledge and the development/application of skills in given academic contexts) with the development and assessment of contemporary employability traits (i.e. the ability to work in teams, to lead and to follow where appropriate, to assess and develop self-performance and the performances of others, and to develop new criteria for measuring the success of academic work in relation to a given problem). The assessment will therefore comprise both assessment of a group-work project (for which 40% of the marks allocated to the team as a whole will be shared equally among the students of that team) and an individual assessment (in which students will receive up to 60% of the credit available for the module only for the work and contributions which they can show themselves). This module is also presented in the context of the "Changing Classrooms" project within the College. It has been designed to explore new and innovative ways of addressing the College Employability agenda while also learning to promote individual and group working capacity in an interdisciplinary context. It is important that the teaching team will include members of the Kings' Learning Institute and the Employability Office and King's Learning Institute will also carry out research of the participating student's learning experience. Lessons learned from this module will be integrated into subsequent teaching reform for this and other modules in the respective Faculties involved. This educational research work be carried out after approval from the College Research Ethics Committee, however and only once relevant ethical permissions are obtained.

Summative Assessment

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