Visceral Anatomy (ANAT3007)


This unit of study aims to provide an understanding of the anatomy of the viscera of the thorax, abdomen and pelvis. Structures covered include the heart and associated great vessels, lungs, mediastinum and the abdominal viscera, the alimentary organs and the genitourinary system. The structure of anterior thoracic and abdominal walls and pelvis along with the nerve supply to the viscera and relevant endocrine structures is also covered. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of structure to function especially with respect to the important functions of breathing, digestion, excretion and reproduction. Students will also be encouraged to relate their understanding of the structures studied to current research into these structures in related fields such as molecular biology and physiology.

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Two 1-hour lectures and two 2-hour practicals per week.


Theory exam, prac exam, continuous assessment (100%)


Rohan, Yokochi and Lutjen-drecoll. Color Atlas of Human Anatomy.

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

ANAT2009 or ANAT2010.

Assumed knowledge: General knowledge of biology.

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