This unit (RBM1100) of study introduces students to functional anatomy. After a brief introduction to anatomical principles, , terminology, bones, joints, muscles, vessels and nerves; students learn gross, 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. Virtual practical classes via zoom involve exposure to illustrations of bones, models and slides human cadaver dissected/prosected specimens.

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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; and  
  5. Examine and integrate the visceral and somatic nerve supply of the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Multiple Choice Quiz 15%
Test Online Multiple Choice Quiz 15%
Assignment Open Book Exercise 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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