91838 Structural Anatomy and Neuroanatomy6cp; 2hpw (lecture), 1hpw (tutorial), 1.5hpw (practical)
Requisite(s): 91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology
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Anti-requisite(s): 91812 Human Anatomy 2
Structural Anatomy and Neuroanatomy explores the intricacies of the human body, focusing on two interrelated aspects: musculoskeletal anatomy and the neuroanatomical framework that underlies our sensory perception and motor functions. The subject adopts a regional approach, dissecting the body into topographical regions while also diving into the neural circuits that drive our movements and sensory experiences. Additionally, it delves into the fascinating realm of special senses, uncovering the anatomical foundations of vision, taste, smell, and hearing.
The study of structural anatomy encompasses the examination of the musculoskeletal system. Students learn to identify specific bones, muscles, joints, and neurovascular structures within each region of the body. In parallel, they explore the complex network of neural structures and circuits that govern our ability to move and perceive the world around us. Students gain insights into the anatomy of the central and peripheral nervous systems, learning how these work in concert to coordinate movements. By studying the organisation of neural pathways, the subject offers a window into the physiological basis of motor control and provides a foundation for understanding neurological disorders. Another captivating aspect of the subject lies in its exploration of special senses. Students dive into the neuroanatomy of sensory organs, uncovering how these organs receive and process external stimuli. Through weekly lectures, workshops, cadaveric experience and online resources, students gain knowledge of the neural pathways that transmit sensory information to the brain. Throughout the course, the clinical relevance of anatomical knowledge is emphasised. Students are encouraged to bridge the gap between theory and practice by applying their understanding of anatomy/neuroanatomy to real-life medical scenarios. Altogether, the subject offers a multidimensional understanding that is not only invaluable to aspiring healthcare professionals but also fosters a deeper appreciation for the complexity of the human body.
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