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ANAT3007: Visceral Anatomy

This unit of study aims to provide an understanding of the anatomy of the viscera of the thorax, abdomen and pelvis. Structures covered include the heart and associated great vessels, lungs, mediastinum and the abdominal viscera, the alimentary organs and the genitourinary system. The structure of anterior thoracic and abdominal walls and pelvis along with the nerve supply to the viscera and relevant endocrine structures is also covered. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of structure to function especially with respect to the important functions of breathing, digestion, excretion and reproduction. Students will 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 ANAT3007
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 PSYC2010 or PSYC2910 or PSYC2011 or PSYC2911 or PSYC2012 or PSYC2013 or PSYC2014 or PSYC2015 or BIOL2021 or BIOL2921 or BIOL2022 or BIOL2922]
ANAT3907 or BMED2401 or BMED2402 or BMED2403 or BMED2405 or BMED2406 or BMED2801 or BMED2802 or BMED2803 or BMED2804 or BMED2805 or BMED2806 or BMED2807 or BMED2808
Assumed knowledge:
BIOL1008 or BIOL1908 or BIOL1998 or BIOL1003 or BIOL1903 or BIOL1993

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

  • LO1. define the regions and sub-regions and the structures within
  • LO2. describe, identify, draw and tabulate the features of the viscera
  • LO3. understand the neural and vascular supply to the viscera
  • LO4. discuss the function of the macroscopic structures within each body system
  • LO5. identify and distinguish the macroscopic structures when view with modern imaging technique
  • LO6. apply your knowledge to evaluate clinical and pathological issues
  • LO7. write and speak clearly, concisely, and grammatically in the language of the subject

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.