Unit description

Introduces the dimensions of functional anatomy as it pertains to the lower limb and the foot and ankle; provides students with an understanding of anatomical terminology and knowledge of the gross anatomy of the lower limb and foot and ankle components of the musculoskeletal system.

Unit content

Topic 1: Structural and functional anatomy of the lower limbs
Topic 2: Structural and functional anatomy of the ankle
Topic 3: The foot
Topic 4: Joint structure and mobility
Topic 5: The neurovascular system
Topic 6: Surface anatomy of the foot, ankle and leg

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • An electronic version is also available and will be provided in Week 1: Kelikian, AS , 2011, Sarrafian's Anatomy of the Foot and Ankle: Descriptive, Topographic, Functional, 3rd edn, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia. ISBN: 978-0781797504.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours/week (6 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours/week (6 weeks)
Exam: practical20%
Exam: practical40%
Exam: closed book40%

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