SU501: Anatomy

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: Danish or English depending on the teacher
EKA: N800000102
Assessment: Second examiner: Internal
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn
Level: Bachelor

STADS ID (UVA): N800000101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 25-04-2019

Duration: 1 semester

Version: Approved - active


29000101 (former UVA) is identical with this course description. 

Entry requirements


Academic preconditions

Students taking the course are expected to have knowledge of basic biochemistry, molecular biology and protein chemistry.

Course introduction

The aim of the course is to give students an overview of the structure and function of the human body and organ systems, as well as providing a detailed insight into the structure of organs on macro- and microscopic level. This is important in relation to the subsequent courses of medical physiology, pharmacology, neurobiology, and human pathophysiology.
The course puts into perspective the importance of the knowledge of the molecular mechanisms that is acquired in the courses FF503, BMB532 and BMB533, and it provides a scientific basis for studying the subjects medical physiology, pharmacology, neurobiology and human pathophysiology, later in the biomedicine program.

In relation to the competence profile of the degree it is the explicit focus of the course to:

  • Provide knowledge of the normal anatomical structure of the human body on both micro- and macroscopic level.
  • Provide insight into histological analysis methods and practical skills in light microscopy.
  • Strengthen the students' analytical ability - including the ability to diagnose based on tissue.

Expected learning outcome

The learning objectives of the course are that the student demonstrates the ability to:

  • Explain the anatomical disciplines and overall concepts of anatomical terminology.
  • Understand the principle behind histochemical and immunohistochemical coloring methods.
  • Define light and electron microscopy and using a light microscope.
  • Describe the structural composition of the skin and explain derivatives of the skin.
  • Explain the structure and biomechanical properties of the supportive tissues.
  • Explain the principles of the structure, operation and function of muscles and joints.
  • Describe the structure and function of the nervous system / cardiovascular system.
  • Explain the structure of the respiratory tract.
  • Describe the structure of the digestive system and the accessory digestive glands.
  • Explain the urinary tract.
  • Describe the structure and function of endocrine glands.


The following main topics are contained in the course:

  • The disciplines of anatomy and anatomical terminology
  • Light and electron microscopy. Histological color technique
  • The skin
  • Connective tissue, cartilage tissue, bone tissue and bones
  • Joints and muscles
  • Nervous system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory tract
  • Digestive system
  • Urinary system
  • The endocrine system


  • Marieb et al: Human Anatomy, Global Edition.
  • Geneser et al: Genesers histologi, 2. udgave år 2020.
See itslearning for syllabus lists and additional literature references.

Examination regulations

Element a)




Oral examination




Second examiner: Internal


7-point grading scale


Student Identification Card


Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

Books and printed notes allowed during the preparation time.

ECTS value


Additional information

Oral examination with one main question (weighing 2/3 of the final grade) and a supplementary question (practical microscopy, weighing 1/3 of the final grade).
Reexamination in the same exam period or immediately thereafter.

Indicative number of lessons

46 hours per semester

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
Morten Meyer Neurobiologisk Forskning

Additional teachers

Name E-mail Department City
Annette Møller Dall Neurobiologisk Forskning
Kate Lykke Lambertsen Neurobiologisk Forskning


Administrative Unit

Biokemi og Molekylær Biologi

Team at Educational Law & Registration


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