Students study gross anatomy of the upper and lower limbs. The following regions are studied in detail: pelvic girdle, gluteal region, hip, thigh, knee, leg, ankle and foot; pectoral girdle, shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand. The relevance of functional anatomy to health, healing and injury will be highlighted.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Locate and illustrate the gross structure of the upper and lower limb;  
  2. Articulate the anatomical make-up and movement of major joints in the lower limb such as the hip, knee and ankle and upper limb such as the shoulder, elbow and wrist;  
  3. Examine and explain the structure and composition of bones that make up the pelvic and shoulder girdles;  
  4. Compare and contrast the muscles, blood supply, venous drainage and innervation of the gluteal region, thigh, leg, foot, shoulder region, arm, forearm and hand;  
  5. Synthesise and apply theoretical anatomical concepts from a range of sources (and/or in a range of situations).  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Multiple Choice Quiz 15%
Test Multiple Choice Quiz 15%
Test Online Quiz Multiple Choice 30%
Laboratory Work Practical Work and Tests 40%

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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