Unit description

Develops an advanced understanding of thoracic, abdominal and pelvic visceral anatomy, with reference to functional neurovascular features and connective tissue relations.

Unit content

Topic 1: Thorax, Lungs, Pleura & Bronchi; Ventilatory mechanisms and Mediastinum
Topic 2: Heart & Pericardium including blood supply, venous drainage, pace-making and conducting system; Cardiac cycle; ECG
Topic 3: Abdominal wall; Inguinal canal and Peritoneum
Topic 4: Oesophagus, Stomach, and Peritoneum
Topic 5: Small and Large Intestine, caecum, appendix, rectum and anal canal
Topic 6: Liver, Biliary Apparatus, Pancreas and Spleen
Topic 7: Pelvis: Bones, joints, and walls, pelvic floor, perineum
Topic 8: Urinary System: Kidneys, suprarenal glands, ureters, urinary bladder and urethra
Topic 9: The Autonomic Nervous System and Endocrine System
Topic 10: Male Reproductive System
Topic 11: Female Reproductive System, the Breast

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 1

  • Drake, RL, Vogl, AW & Mitchell, AWM, 2010, Gray’s Anatomy for Students, 2nd edn, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0-443-06952-9.
  • Kapit, W & Elson, LM, The Anatomy Coloring Book, Harper and Rowe, New York. ISBN: 0805350861.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Practical session 2 hours (12 weeks)
Practical skills40%
Exam: closed book50%

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

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Fee information


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