2 x 1-hour lectures weekly
1 x 2-hour practical weekly
3 x 2-hour independent studies weekly
1 Admission into BMSA - Bachelor of Medical Science - Accelerated
1a MMED3932 - Body Systems
2 MMED2931 - Human Physiology
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a) and 2)
Assumed knowledge
Basic structure and function of the human body and its organs
Examinations (70%); Project and Seminar (20%); On-line Quizzes (10%)
Topic description
This topic provides students with an overview of the normal structure and function of the human musculoskeletal system and functional consequences of common injuries and diseases. This will include the normal macroscopic structure of bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and nerves, and how this relates to normal anatomical function including posture and movement control. The major muscles of the body, their skeletal attachments, actions in common activities and common mechanisms of injury will be introduced. Students will learn how to recognise the major neural plexuses and peripheral nerves and their area of supply to muscle groups and skin, and to identify the impact of injury on motor and sensory function.
Educational aims
This topic aims to equip students with a foundation in functional anatomy of the human musculoskeletal system that they can apply to clinical problem solving and the selection of appropriate interventions for addressing clinical problems related to dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system.
Expected learning outcomes
By completion of this topic students will be able to identify;

  • The normal macroscopic structure of the major bones, joints, muscles and ligaments of the human body

  • The skeletal attachments and innervation of major muscles

  • The structure and pathways of major nerves and the regions they supply

  • How musculoskeletal features provide joint stability and control posture and movement

  • How common injuries to nerves, muscles and ligaments can occur and how they can impact on function.