Course Title: Limb and Trunk Anatomy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Limb and Trunk Anatomy

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021


City Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Tracy Denning

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7677

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.18

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisite)




Course Description

The course content covers the gross anatomy of the upper limb, lower limb, and the trunk walls enclosing the axial skeleton (including the vertebral column). The course builds on learner’s anatomical knowledge gained in required prerequisite study. This course also develops knowledge in the structure of the human body under “normal” circumstances and prompts students to consider deviation from “normal” circumstances; this can be in the form of pathologies, anatomical variations, and symptoms that present clinically.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning outcomes

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

BP231 Bachelor of Biomedical Science

  • Exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge by demonstrating knowledge across disciplines contributing to biomedical science (PLO 2)

BP278 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) and BP280 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic)

  • Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment (PLO 2)
  • Communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals) (PLO 5)
  • Work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships (PLO 6)

BP279 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy)

  • Provide osteopathic, musculo-skeletal healthcare within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework (PLO 2)
  • Manage all aspects of clinical practice to comply with ethical, legal, and regulatory standards in an evolving healthcare industry (PLO 5)
  • Work autonomously and collaboratively, to lead and/or contribute to inter-professional healthcare partnerships (PLO 6)

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP321 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 1

  • Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to practice (1.a)
  • Confirm the procedure according to clinical indicators (1.d)
  • Assess the patient’s/client’s capacity to receive care (1.e)

Standard 3

  • Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with the patient/client and their family or carers (3.a)

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

  1. Identify, describe and relate gross anatomy of the human limbs and trunk (including spinal column and neurovascular structures) presented in various forms such as pictures, diagrams, models, medical images, cadaveric specimens, and live models
  2. Relate gross anatomical structures to normal functions of the limbs and trunk
  3. Evaluate how pain, damage or changes to anatomical structures may affect normal function(s)
  4. Use appropriate anatomical terminology for communication with health professionals

Overview of Learning Activities

This Course will use a range of learning activities including lecture recordings, anatomy laboratory classes, online resources and self-directed learning.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include:

  • Recommended readings from textbooks and online sources
  • On campus practical classes in the Digital Human Biosciences Facility (students will have access to cadaveric specimens, digital technologies, bones and models)

Online resources will be made available via the RMIT Learning Management System (LMS).

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Online Quizzes

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Mid semester practical test

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4

Assessment Task 3: End of semester practical test

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4

Assessment Task 4: Regional assessments

Weighting 45%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3