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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Develops an advanced understanding of thoracic, abdominal and pelvic visceral anatomy, with reference to functional neurovascular features and connective tissue relations.

Unit content

Topic 1: Thorax, Lungs, Pleura & Bronchi; Ventilatory mechanisms and Mediastinum
Topic 2: Heart & Pericardium including blood supply, venous drainage, pace-making and conducting system; Cardiac cycle; ECG
Topic 3: Abdominal wall; Inguinal canal and Peritoneum
Topic 4: Oesophagus, Stomach, and Peritoneum
Topic 5: Small and Large Intestine, caecum, appendix, rectum and anal canal
Topic 6: Liver, Biliary Apparatus, Pancreas and Spleen
Topic 7: Pelvis: Bones, joints, and walls, pelvic floor, perineum
Topic 8: Urinary System: Kidneys, suprarenal glands, ureters, urinary bladder and urethra
Topic 9: The Autonomic Nervous System and Endocrine System
Topic 10: Male Reproductive System
Topic 11: Female Reproductive System, the Breast

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an ability to identify thoracic, abdominal and pelvic visceral anatomical features
2 describe and explain the neural and circulatory supply of these viscera
3 describe the layered tissue relations of these viscera
4 understand and describe the inter-relationship of structure and functions of these viscera.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an ability to identify thoracic, abdominal and pelvic visceral anatomical features
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    • GA6:
  2. describe and explain the neural and circulatory supply of these viscera
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    • GA4:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
  3. describe the layered tissue relations of these viscera
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    • GA4:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
  4. understand and describe the inter-relationship of structure and functions of these viscera.
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    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
    • GA6: