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The Knee Bone Connected To the Thigh Bone: A Case Study of Teaching Anatomy to Engineering Students Using State-Of-The-Art Anatomical Software

Author(s): T. J. Joyce (Newcastle University, UK) and P McCormack (Newcastle University, UK)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 11
EISBN13: 9781609603571

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Abstract

Bioengineering is a multidisciplinary subject which necessitates that engineering students, who typically have no knowledge of medicine, must quickly and effectively gain a thorough understanding of the complexities of human anatomy. Teaching on a Bioengineering module at Newcastle University’s School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering employed a combination of Primal Pictures anatomical software, bespoke teaching materials and peer to peer learning. This allowed Bioengineering students to quickly construct an understanding of anatomical principles which they used in individual, assessed projects on total joint replacement. Anonymised, written feedback gathered from the students revealed overwhelmingly positive learning experiences and assessed projects indicated deep knowledge of the anatomical descriptions necessary to understand and work with the science of joint replacement.

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