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Unit information: Functional and Clinical Anatomy I in 2020/21

Unit name Functional and Clinical Anatomy I
Unit code ANAT30004
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Scott Paterson
Open unit status Not open



ANAT30005 Functional and Clinical Anatomy II

School/department School of Anatomy
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


Functional anatomy is an in depth study of the structure-function relationship within the human body and an opportunity to properly explore the maxim that “form follows function”. The human body adapts to its imposed functional demands: in sickness and in health, in chronic medical conditions and in elite performance, all against a background of development and aging. We are always shifting along this continuum dynamically, and some more successfully than others. A shift from function in the normal range brings dysfunction and is a starting point for considering related clinical applications. In this unit the functional and clinical applications for each region of the body will be discussed in seminars.

Functional and Clinical Anatomy I will broadly follow dissections of the upper limb, back, thorax and head & neck (unit ANAT30006).

This unit aims to give students the opportunity to make advanced studies of each regional area of human anatomy.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this unit students will:

  1. demonstrate a detailed understanding of the structure-function relationship in fetal, child and adult states
  2. demonstrate a detailed understanding of the structure function relationship in health and disease states as appropriate to anatomy
  3. apply anatomical knowledge to clinical problem solving
  4. assimilate anatomical knowledge to clinical practice

Teaching details

Seminar based discussion, including case studies and occasional practical demonstrations e.g. organ harvesting.

Assessment Details

3000 word essay (100%)

Formative 3000 word essay and peer marking task

Reading and References

Individual Seminar Leads will provide reading lists. Students wishing to revise their anatomical knowledge are directed to:

Last’s Anatomy, Sinnatamby. Churchill Livingstone.

Human Sectional Anatomy, Ellis, Logan & Dixon. Butterworth Heinemann.