Cranial and Cervical Anatomy (ANAT3004)


This unit of study aims to provide students with a detailed understanding of the anatomy of the head and neck regions, with a particular emphasis on the functional anatomy of the cranial nerves. This unit of study covers skull, muscles of facial expression, muscles of jaw and neck, ear, eye, nose, oral cavity and larynx and pharynx as well as peripheral distribution of cranial nerves in the head and neck. The functional components of the cranial nerves and their relationship to the special senses and special motor functions such as facial gesture and speech are also studied. The practical sessions aim to provide students with the ability to recognise the structures studied in human prosections and in medical images especially X Rays and CT scans and to know their main anatomical relationships. Students will also be encouraged to relate their understanding of these structures to current research in anatomy and histology and in related fields such as molecular biology and physiology. The course also aims to provide both theoretical and practical skills which can provide a basis for further studies in fields such as physiotherapy, chiropractic or forensic science or in post graduate medicine or dentistry or in areas of research requiring a knowledge of anatomy.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


Two 1-hour lectures and two 2-hour tutorials per week


Theory exam, prac exam, continuous assessment (6 quizzes done at intervals during semester) (100%)


Rohan, Yokochi, Lutjen-Drecoll. Color Atlas of Human Anatomy.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


(ANAT2009 or ANAT2010 or ANAT2910) or (BMED2401 and BMED2402 and 6 additional credit points of BMED240X)


ANAT3904 or ANAT3994 or ANAT3005 

Additional Information

Students having taken ANAT2010 or ANAT2910 and/or NEUR3005 and NEUR3006 will find ANAT3004 enhances their understanding and knowledge of the peripheral distribution of the cranial nerves.

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.