Students study gross and histological anatomy of the head, neck and back. The following regions are studied in detail: skull and cranial cavity; brain; scalp and face; eye and ear; nasal and oral cavities; arteries, veins, lymphatics, nerves and major structures of the neck; vertebral column; back muscles; and spinal cord and nerves. 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.

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RBM1100 - Functional Anatomy of the Trunk

RBM1200 - Functional Anatomy of the Limbs

AHE2202 Functional Kinesiology for ABHE students

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 head, neck and back;  
  3. Explain movements of the joints and muscles of the head, neck and back;  
  4. Appraise the role of the arteries, veins and lymphatics of the head, neck and back;  
  5. Examine and integrate the visceral and somatic nerve supply of the head, neck and back;  
  6. Outline the gross and histological structure of the viscera of the head, neck and back;  
  7. Demonstrate observational and descriptive skills in relation to histological slides, anatomical models, and human cadaver specimens.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two (2) Semester Tests - Multiple Choice (10 minutes each) 10%
Examination Theory Examination (3 hours) 45%
Examination Final Practical Flag Examination (2 hours) 45%

Required reading

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

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