Neural and Visceral Anatomy


The course consists of a series of lectures and laboratories on the functional anatomy of the nervous system, thorax, abdomen and pelvis. Areas emphasised are those most important in Medical Radiation Science and Physiotherapy practice.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the structure of the major organs in the head, chest and abdomen (Gross Anatomy and Histology)

2. Describe the relationship to other organs and its surface anatomy.

3. Describe the blood supply, venous and lymphatic drainage.

4. Understand how the organ's structure relates to its function, i.e. its physiology.


  1. Introduction to the nervous system, its development and the relevant anatomy of the skull and vertebral column
  2. Face,temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and neck
  3. Surface features, meninges, vasculature and ventricular system of the brain
  4. Cerebral cortex, and deep nuclei of the brain
  5. Brainstem and cranial nerves
  6. Cerebellum
  7. Spinal cord organisation and the autonomic nervous system
  8. Spinal cord motor and sensory pathways,including pain pathways
  9. Chest wall, breathing mechanics and mediastinal divisions
  10. Heart structure,including pericardium, blood supply and conducting system
  11. Pleural cavities and the lungs, including pulmonary circulation
  12. Lung lobes and bronchopulmonary segments
  13. Neck and upper respiratory tract (pharynx, larynx and sinuses)
  14. Structure, surface anatomy and imaging of major organs of the abdomen
  15. Blood supply, innervation, venous and lymphatic drainage of the gut
  16. Structure, surface anatomy of the kidney and urinary system
  17. Blood supply, innervation, venous and lymphatic drainage of the urinary system
  18. Pelvic contents and perineum


This course is only available to students enrolled in B Medical Radiation Science (Hons) (all Programs), B Medical Radiation Science (all Programs), B Physiotherapy (Hons) or B Occupational Therapy (Hons) programs.

Assumed Knowledge

HUBS1401 Human Bioscience 1A , HUBS1402 Human Bioscience 1B and HUBS1104 Functional Anatomy for Physiotherapy I or equivalents of HUBS1105 Musculoskeletal Anatomy and HUBS1401 or HUBS1403 and HUBS1404

Assessment Items

In Term Test: MCQ theory exam

Formal Examination: End of semester Laboratory exam

Formal Examination: Final exam

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks

Class examinations will be scheduled during semester.


Face to Face On Campus 30 hour(s) per Term

2 hours per week for 8 weeks and 2 hours per week for 7 weeks