Course Title: Head and Visceral Anatomy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Head and Visceral Anatomy

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr. Claudia M. Diaz

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6525

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.9.04

Course Coordinator Availability: Please make an appointment via email.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Assumed Knowledge

BIOL2273 Principles of Human Biology (Course ID 038193) or a similar introductory anatomy course.

Course Description

This course aims to cover the anatomy of the head, neck and viscera in sufficient detail to allow you to understand the normal function of these structures and provide the basis for diagnosis of problems which may arise following injury or disease. You will learn detailed gross anatomy of the head, neck and viscera and develop an understanding of the muscle action and nerve distribution in these areas of the body.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning outcomes

This course contributes to the program learning outcomes in the following disciplines:

Biomedical Science (BP231)

  • This course contributes to your ability to exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge (PLO 2).

Chinese Medicine (BP278), Osteopathy (BP279) and Chiropractic (BP280)

  • In Complementary Medicine this course contributes to your ability to gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnosis, assessment and management plans to carry out effective evidence based treatment (PLO 2).

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • deduce and describe the actions of muscles of the head and neck CLO1
  • describe the distribution of nerves in the head, neck and to the abdominal and thoracic viscera CLO2
  • explain changes that occur to the adult condition as seen in some viscera CLO3
  • identify the autonomic nerve supply of the head, neck and viscera CLO4
  • explain how damage to nerve or blood supply to an area, organ or muscle may affect normal function CLO5
  • describe anatomical features and structures so as to communicate effectively with other health care professionals  CLO6

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage with the material contained in this course through:


The lectures are intended to support and accompany material accessible in texts. They do not substitute for wider reading but provide an opportunity to focus on specific details in more important areas.

Practical Classes

It is essential in acquiring anatomical knowledge to gain practical experience with specimens. Three-dimensional concepts and relationships are more efficiently acquired and understood when time is taken to examine specimens.

Online Quizzes and Practical Class Tests

A large bank of multiple choice questions have been developed to assist you in reviewing and consolidating anatomical knowledge. These are presented in revision packages and a series of short on-line tests will be completed during the semester to provide continuous assessment and feedback as well as weekly tests in practical classes to challenge your knowledge and test the weekly learning objectives.

Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities.

You will undertake the equivalent of 4 hours per week of lectures (3 online + one flipped lecture), 2 hours of practical classes ad an extra 4-6 hours of independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. All material to be chosen will be digitally available to students. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia, discussion board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate) workshops. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities.


You will need to acquire a text covering the subject material of the course. There are a number of different texts which will meet these needs, but reference to an adequate text is an essential part of the learning process. For more information, please contact your course coordinator.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment involves the following:

  1. Online tests; Weighting 5%
  • This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5
  1. Practical class tests; Weighting 20%
  • This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5
  1. End of semester practical examination; Weighting 30%
  • This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5
  1. End of semester theory examination: Weighting 45%
  • This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6

Feedback is provided through weekly online quizzes, practical class quizzes, Kahoot in flipped lectures and direct feedback from the lecturer in lectures and practical classes.