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.
Examination(s), Quiz(zes)
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
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand and use appropriate anatomical language to communicate effectively with colleagues
  2. Relate the classification and macroscopic structure of bones, joints and muscles to development and function including stability and movement
  3. Identify and demonstrate the position of palpable and imaging landmarks of the human skeleton, describe the organisation of muscles and ligaments including their skeletal attachments, and discuss their morphology and function
  4. Apply detailed knowledge of the human musculoskeletal system and its innervation to evaluate and predict the impact of common injuries and disease on stability, movement and sensorimotor function