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 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Kevin Chuang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6660

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.02.043

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)




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:

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)


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

  1. Identify muscles of the head, neck and those supporting the various body cavities and deduce/describe their actions
  2. Identify and describe the gross anatomical structures/features of viscera in the head, neck, thorax and abdominopelvic regions, which may be presented in various forms such as case scenarios, pictures, diagrams, models and cadaveric specimens
  3. Identify and describe the distribution of nerves (including autonomic nerve supply) to the head, neck, and the viscera in the thoracic and abdominopelvic regions
  4. Consider how damages or changes to anatomical structures (including nerve and/or blood supply) may affect normal function(s) to an area, organ or muscle
  5. Apply anatomical principles of the structure-function relationship to analyse the pain and dysfunction exhibited in cases involving head, neck and/or viscera
  6. Use accurate anatomical language/terminology to describe anatomy features and structures to communicate effectively with other healthcare professionals

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage with the course material through face-to-face lectures, online learning, practical sessions, and guidance to other resources for wider reading. To succeed in this second-year university course, you will need to engage in self-directed learning activities which will assist you with mastering the course content and skills in preparation for the assessment tasks. A variety of learning activities have been designed to support your development of anatomical knowledge and related professional competencies. Group/team learning approaches and activities will be deployed to help you practice utilising anatomical content knowledge in a professional social context, where you will obtain informal feedback and practice applying anatomical knowledge.

Altogether, on a weekly basis, you will undertake the equivalent of 3-4 hours per week of lectures, 2 hours of practical classes, and an extra 4-6 hours of independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Online anatomy textbooks/resources, learning platforms, anatomy practical manuals, and bespoke resources have been carefully selected and developed to facilitate the learning of anatomy content and the development of related practical skills. The Canvas learning management system will give you access to the bespoke materials and contain links for you to access other resources. The Anatomy & Physiology Subject Guide (URL: also provides access to useful anatomy references and online resources.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.   

Assessment Tasks   

Assessment Task 1: Online Progress Quizzes   

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5   

Assessment Task 2: Mid-Semester Practical Assessment

Weighting 20%   

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6   

Assessment Task 3: End of Semester Practical Assessment  

Weighting 20%   

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6     

Assessment Task 4: Written Examination

Weighting 40%   

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5