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ANAT1002 – Anatomy of Limbs and Back

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Prerequisites Prerequisites
HLTH108 or ANAT1001
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Unit description Unit description

This unit builds on the basic anatomy taught in ANAT1001 (previously known as HLTH108) (Introduction to Anatomy). It focuses on the musculoskeletal anatomy of the upper and lower limbs and back. The unit utilises an integrated approach within which relevant gross and radiological anatomy as well as histology and embryology are investigated in detail. It is clinically oriented and focuses on surface and applied anatomy. The unit includes a significant practical component in which prosected cadavers, models, medical images, surface anatomy and clinical cases are studied. Students are expected to show an appreciation and respect for those who have bequeathed their bodies to science.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Describe and identify the structural and functional features of the musculoskeletal components of the limbs and back and their anatomical relations.
  • ULO2: Describe and identify the arterial supply, venous and lymphatic drainage of the musculoskeletal components of the limbs and back.
  • ULO3: Demonstrate, where appropriate, on a living subject: a. musculoskeletal landmarks of the limbs and back b. the route of nerves and blood vessels of the limbs and back c. movements at joints d. muscle actions.
  • ULO4: Identify bony landmarks of the limbs and back and identify major structures on selected radiographs, CT and MRI images.
  • ULO5: Apply acquired knowledge of the anatomy of the limbs and back to investigate clinical case studies.
  • ULO6: Communicate and demonstrate an appreciation and respect for those who have bequeathed their bodies to research.

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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This unit is characterized by a moderate degree of flexibility.  It incorporates a variety of learning tools and media. It comprises:

1. 3 x 1 hour lectures per week, weeks 1 - 13

2. 1 x 2 hours laboratory session, weeks 2 - 13

3. 1 x 1 hour tutorials per week, weeks 2 - 13

Prescribed textbooks and learning materials


- Drake RL & Lowrie (2014) Gray’s Anatomy for Students.3rd ed. Elsevier.


- Moore KL, Agur AMR, Dalley AF. (2013) Clinically Oriented Anatomy 7th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Baltimore.

Laboratory manual:

- HLTH109 Lab Manual – available at Co-op bookshop. Macquarie University Printery.


- Abrahams PH, Boon J, Spratt JD (2009) McMinn’s Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy. 6th ed. Mosby/Saunder Elsevier.


- Anatomy TV - available through the university library.   


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Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​


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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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Changes from Previous Offering

Change in unit code (previously known as HLTH109)

Changes since First Published

Date Description
17/03/2020 Removed Annie from convening as some students are still emailing her.