Name: ________________________________


General Information:

Dissection is not a mandatory activity. If you would prefer to do an alternative activity (we will have to discuss options), that is your choice. It is also possible to observe the dissection without actually performing it. If you do choose to observe, however, join up with students who are dissecting and you will be evaluated the same way (see table below).


  1. Follow the instructions given by the teacher on how to handle the dissection specimen and the instruments.

  2. If a list of structures to identify has been provided, carefully examine the specimen and locate all the structures. Some structures may not be visible early in the dissection but should be visible later on. Scan the list of structures to ensure you don't inadvertently cut through something you will have to identify later.

  3. If the smell of a specimen is bothering you, you can do two things: try to breathe through your mouth more and not directly inhale any odours, and wash the specimen in the sink at the front of the room. The preservative is usually what can have a strong smell and the longer you wash off the specimen, the less odour there will be.

  4. During examination of structures, think also about what the structures do and how they are related both physically in the specimen and functionally in the different organ-systems of the body.

  5. Once you are satisfied that you have seen all you can, bring your specimen to the teacher for a quick dissection evaluation. The table below sets out the evaluation. After the evaluation, return the specimen to the area requested and wash all instruments with soap and water and dry them. Lastly, wash your hands.

Evaluation (4=highest)
Quality of Dissection (well executed, specimen is in good shape)
1   2   3   4
Identification of Structures (location and function)
1   2   3   4
Attitudes (appropriate lab behaviour)
1   2   3   4
TOTAL =        /12 marks