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.

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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)

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.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Laboratory Work Laboratory Worksheets x 7 (1500 words) 35%
Exercise Clinical Questions (500 words) 20%
Test Test (40mins) (40 MCQs) 20%
Practicum Practicum (1 hour) (25 Questions) 25%

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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