Unit description

Further develops the concepts of Functional Anatomy of the Lower Limbs and Foot and Ankle. Students will learn 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: Anatomy of the human nail

Topic 2: The foot

  • The forefoot
  • The midfoot
  • The rearfoot

Topic 3:The ankle

  • Soft tissue landmarks
  • Structure and function of the ankle

Topic 4: The lower leg

  • Musculoskeletal anatomy
  • Vascular systems
  • Neurological systems
  • Angiosomes, angiotomes and venosomes

Topic 5:  Abnormal anatomy

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.
  • Marieb, EN, Mallat, J & Wilhelm, PB, 2011, Human Anatomy, 6th edn, Benjamin/ Cummings, San Francisco.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Field work 40 hours (5 days)
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours/week (1,3,5,8,10,12)
Laboratory session 2 hours/week (2,4,6,9,11,13)
Exam: practical20%
Exam: practical40%
Exam: closed book40%
fieldwork assessmentSR

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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