This unit of study introduces students to functional anatomy. After a brief introduction to anatomical principles, embryological origins, terminology, bones, joints, muscles, vessels and nerves; students learn gross, histological and some surface anatomy of the thorax, abdomen and pelvis. The following regions are studied in detail: thoracic cage, pleura and lungs, heart, mediastinal structures, abdominal wall, pelvic girdle, gastrointestinal organs, urinary organs and reproductive organs. The relevance of anatomy to medicine is highlighted via common clinical scenarios. Practical classes involve exposure to bones, models and human cadaver dissected/prosected specimens.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
RBM1100

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate anatomical literacy and relate structures to basic anatomical principles;  
  2. Identify the bones and bony markings of the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum;  
  3. Explain movements of the joints and muscles of the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum;  
  4. Appraise the role of the arteries, veins and lymphatics of the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum;  
  5. Examine and integrate the visceral and somatic nerve supply of the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum;  
  6. Outline the gross and histological structure of the viscera of the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum;  
  7. Demonstrate observational and descriptive skills in relation to histological slides, anatomical models, and human cadaver specimens.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Online Pre-class Quizzes 10%
Workshop Anatomical Oral Presentations (5 minutes each) 20%
Test Two (2) Multiple Choice Tests (20% each, 30 minutes each) 40%
Laboratory Work Practical Test (1.5 hours) 30%

Required reading

Gray's Anatomy for Students 3rd ed.
Richard L Drake, A. Wayne Vogl, Adam W.M. Mitchell (2015)
Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, USA

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