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AT8301 - Surgical Anatomy of the Upper Body Regions and Central Nervous System

Credit points: 12
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

Available to Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy students only or by permission of the Course Coordinator or Dean of College.

This subject is the first of two subjects that form the Graduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy. The Graduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy is a course providing instruction in clinically relevant anatomy to Australian medical and/or dental graduates and AHPRA registered health practitioners or those with an equivalent overseas qualification. As part of this subject students will undertake studies in histology, embryology, neuroanatomy and advanced topographical anatomy of the head, neck back vertebral column and upper limb and includes compulsory residential cadavenic dissection workshops.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply and adapt advanced anatomical knowledge and technical skills to structural identification and regional cadaveric dissection of the upper limb, vertebral column, back, head and neck;
  • Review, consolidate and synthesise knowledge of anatomical development (embryology), tissue structure (histology), and functional systematic structure (topographical anatomy) to identify anatomical variants and analyse the clinical and surgical implications of such variants of the upper limb, vertebral column, back, head and neck;
  • Demonstrate effective and concise oral and written communication skills;
  • Critically analyse scientific research papers;
  • Critically interpret and evaluate how normal structure and anatomical variation of structure relate to normal and abnormal function of the upper limb, vertebral column, back, head and neck;
  • Relate advanced anatomical knowledge of the upper limb, vertebral column, back, head and neck to the development of pathology, functional complications and management options.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Oral > Viva - (30%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

For successful completion of this subject: students must attend all scheduled workshops; students must pass (50% or more) all assessment items


Townsville, Study Period 1, Mixed attendance
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Face to face teaching (Two (2) mandatory on campus four (4) day workshops with dates as advised by the Subject Coordinator)
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Helen Anscomb.
Workload expectations:
  • 40 hours lectures - Online Lectures presented by an anatomist
  • 20 hours tutorials - Online seminars presented by a clinican
  • 64 hours workshops
  • 450 hours specialised - Personal Study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.