Functional Anatomy of the Head and Back

    Unit code: RBM2200 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    St Albans
    RBM1100 - Functional Anatomy of the Trunk
    RBM1200 - Functional Anatomy of the Limbs
    AHE2202 - Functional Kinesiology (applicable for ABHE students ONLY)
    HBM1202 Anatomy and Physiology 2 AND HHB2301 Health promotion (for HCSP students ONLY)
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    Students study gross and histological anatomy of the head, neck including larynx, 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.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Identify the bones and bony markings of the head, neck including larynx and back;
    2. Explain movements of the joints and muscles of the head, neck including larynx and back;
    3. Articulate the role of the arteries, veins and lymphatics of the head, neck and back;
    4. Examine and integrate the visceral and somatic nerve supply of the head, neck and back; and
    5. Demonstrate observational and descriptive skills in relation to anatomical models and human cadaver specimens.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Laboratory Work
    Grade: 20%
    Laboratory Worksheets x 7 (1500 words)
    Assessment type: Exercise
    Grade: 25%
    Clinical Questions (500 words)
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 30%
    Test (1.5hrs)
    Assessment type: Practicum
    Grade: 25%
    Practicum (1 hour) (25 Questions)

    Required reading

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

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