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Regional Anatomy and Physiology (9808.3)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Sport and Exercise Science


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  • Winter Term, 2020, INTENSIVE, BRUCE (194968) - View
  • Semester 1, 2020, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (193765) - View
  • Winter Term, 2019, INTENSIVE, BRUCE (190672) - View
  • Semester 1, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (190671) - View
  • Winter Term, 2018, INTENSIVE, BRUCE (180637) - View
  • Semester 1, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (179989) - View
  • Winter Term, 2017, INTENSIVE, BRUCE (169854) - View
  • Semester 1, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (169853) - View
  • Winter Term, 2016, INTENSIVE, BRUCE (152316) - View
  • Semester 1, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (154582) - View
  • Winter Term, 2015, INTENSIVE, BRUCE (148006) - View
  • Semester 1, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (148005) - View

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This unit is designed to provide students with an overview of regional anatomy, body systems and their functions to ensure a suitable basis for their future studies. It covers in depth anatomy of the musculoskeletal system. Special attention is given to the terminology used to describe human movement and a thorough knowledge of the bony landmarks, joints, muscle attachments and blood supply along with detailed actions of specific muscles and muscle groups. The unit studies the basic structure and function of the major body systems such as skeletal, muscular, nervous and special senses. Commencing with an overview of body tissues and homeostasis. Emphasis will be placed on the inter-connection and relationship between structure and function at every level of organisation.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Define and correctly use anatomical and physiological terminology;

2. Recognise and describe the macroscopic and microscopic structure of the following body systems: cells and connective tissue, skeletal (bone tissue and ossification), muscular, nervous, and special senses;

3. Explain and interpret how the above systems function and interact with each other and the rest of the body to maintain homeostasis;

4. Identify bony landmarks, ligaments, tendons, muscles and blood supply of the lower limb, pelvic girdle, trunk, head, neck, upper limb and pectoral girdle; and

5. List actions elicited by muscles at the joints in the lower limb, pelvic girdle, trunk, neck, upper limb and pectoral girdle.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Semester 1: 3 hours of lecture per week and 2 hours of practical per week. Winter Term: 4 hours of lectures (online) per week for Weeks 1-4, 6, 7; and 10 labs run intensively during week 5.





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Equivalent Units

6534 Regional Anatomy and Physiology

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