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ANAT3004: Cranial and Cervical Anatomy

This unit of study aims to provide students with a detailed understanding of the anatomy of the head and neck regions, with a particular emphasis on the functional anatomy of the cranial nerves. This unit of study covers skull, muscles of facial expression, muscles of jaw and neck, ear, eye, nose, oral cavity and larynx and pharynx as well as peripheral distribution of cranial nerves in the head and neck. The functional components of the cranial nerves and their relationship to the special senses and special motor functions such as facial gesture and speech are also studied. The practical sessions aim to provide students with the ability to recognise the structures studied in human prosections and in medical images especially X Rays and CT scans and to know their main anatomical relationships. Students will also be encouraged to relate their understanding of these structures to current research in anatomy and histology and in related fields such as molecular biology and physiology. The course also aims to provide both theoretical and practical skills which can provide a basis for further studies in fields such as physiotherapy, chiropractic or forensic science or in post graduate medicine or dentistry or in areas of research requiring a knowledge of anatomy.

Code ANAT3004
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
12cp from [ANAT2008 or (ANAT2010 or ANAT2910) or (PHSI2005 or PHSI2905) or (PHSI2006 or PHSI2906) or (PHSI2007 or PHSI2907) or (PHSI2008 or PHSI2908) or MEDS2001 or MEDS2002 or MEDS2003 or MEDS2004 or MEDS2005 or (PSYC2010 or PSYC2910) or (PSYC2011 or PSYC2911) or PSYC2012 or PSYC2013 or PSYC2014 PSYC2015 or (BIOL2021 or BIOL2921) or (BIOL2022 or BIOL2922) or (BIOL2024 or BIOL2924) or (BIOL2030 or BIOL2930) or (BIOL2031 or BIOL2931) or (BMED2401 and BMED2402)]
ANAT3904 or ANAT3994
Assumed knowledge:
Human biology; [(BIOL1008 or BIOL1908 or BIOL1998 or MEDS1001 or MEDS1901) or (BIOL1003 or BIOL1903 or BIOL1993)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Identify structures within, and associated with, the head and neck regions on cadaveric specimens, models, images and medical CT imaging
  • LO2. Describe and identify the structure and function of the bones, joints, arterial supply, venous and lymphatic drainage of the head and neck
  • LO3. Describe the structure, function, course and distribution of the cranial nerves and neural mechanisms that innervate and supply the head and neck
  • LO4. Identify and describe the structure and function of the musculoskeletal anatomy of the face, orbit, ear, nasal cavity, oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, and cervical neck regions
  • LO5. Analyse and explain topographical and spatial relationships between structures in the head and neck