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. 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. 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 Open book exercise 30%
Assignment Online Practical work 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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