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BM1004 - Anatomy: Structure and Movement

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject details the organisation and structure of the musculoskeletal system with an emphasis on movement including the study of the skeleton, joints, muscles and their associated nerve and vascular supply. The macroscopic anatomy of the upper and lower limbs, trunk, and head and neck will be studied using human and other mammalian species prosections with an emphasis on understanding movement and how it is controlled and regulated by the central and peripheral nervous system. The microscopic study of bone, muscle and nervous tissue will also be studied through topics such as bone growth and repair, muscle contraction and the nerve-muscle interface, as well as the role of neurons in communication. Comparative case-studies, such as bipedal, quadrupedal and avian locomotion, will facilitate the understanding of the correlation of anatomical structure to function. Clinical case-studies, such as nerve lesions, will allow observations of the impact of altered structure on normal function.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the function of bones, joints and muscles of the skeletal system;
  • Describe the role of the musculoskeletal system in movement of vertebrates on land, in water and in the air;
  • Define the differences between, and the functions of sensory neurons, motor neurons, and interneurons in the central and peripheral nervous systems;
  • Compare and contrast the brains of vertebrates and discuss the significance of evolution of the cerebral cortex in higher mammals.
AT1210 AT2110


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Kate Domett
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Kate Domett, Dr Helma Antony, Dr Prisca Noble.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 39 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (30%); practical exam (30%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

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.