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,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Tim McNamara

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)




Course Description

The course content covers the anatomy of the head (and selected areas of neck) and the viscera of thoracic, abdomen and pelvis. 

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)
  • Practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner (PLO 3)
  • Communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals) (PLO 5)

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

  • Provide osteopathic, musculo-skeletal healthcare within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework (PLO 2)
  • Gather and interpret health information, and employ clinical reasoning to develop differential diagnoses, to inform assessment and management (PLO 3)
  • Manage all aspects of clinical practice to comply with ethical, legal, and regulatory standards in an evolving healthcare industry (PLO 5)

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)
  • Understand and apply the different methods of imaging and treatment (1.c)

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

  1. Identify gross anatomical structures/features of the head, neck, thorax, and pelvis presented in various forms such as case scenarios, pictures, diagrams, models, medical images, cadaveric specimens, and live models
  2. Describe the anatomical principles that relate gross anatomical structures to normal functions of the head, neck, thorax and abdominopelvic regions
  3. Evaluate how pain, damage or changes to anatomical structures (including neurovascular supply) may alter and impact normal function(s)involving head, neck, and viscera
  4. Use appropriate anatomical terminology for communication with health professionals

Overview of Learning Activities

This course involves recorded lectures, face to face practicals, online practicals and guidance to readings and engaging in other resources. This course will require students to undertake self-directed study in addition to the teacher guided learning.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include:

  • Digital technologies (Anatomage Tables and other online resources)
  • Recommended readings from textbooks, online sources, and designated references
  • Materials provided for face to face and online practical activities

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 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Practical Assessments in Anatomy laboratories

Weighting 50% (2 x 25% assessments)

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 4

Assessment Task 3: In semester assessment (weeks 1-5 content content)

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: End of semester assessment (weeks 7-12 content)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4