Surgical Anatomy

Subject ANAT90008 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 100
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Hawthorn - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Lecture/tutorial and practical sessions (including dissection) totalling 160 contact hours and 100 additional dissection hours. This includes an average of two five-hour supervised practical sessions (including two tutorials) and up to six hours of independent dissection per week.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 260 hours.
Prerequisites: nil
Corequisites: nil
Recommended Background Knowledge: nil
Non Allowed Subjects: nil
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Subject Overview: Each week, lectures and tutorial/workshops are followed by dissection.
Weekly schedule:
1 Upper Limb I
2 Abdomen I
3 Upper Limb II
4 Abdomen II
5 Lower Limb I
6 Neck and Thorax I
7 Lower Limb II
8 Neck & Thorax II
9 Head I
10 Back and Pelvis I
11 Head II
12 Back and Pelvis II
13 Review I
14 Review II
15 Review III
16 Revision


On successfully completing this subject students should:
1. Have developed a thorough knowledge of all aspects of regional and systemic anatomy; and
2. Understand the surgical relevance of all structures studies, common variations, and surgical and procedural approaches to each organ or structure.

Assessment: The assessment is in two parts:
• Dissection Coursework (continuous assessment). Fifty per cent. Students will be assessed on the quality of their dissection and on a report of the anatomical variations they are able to identify and display in the cadaver they dissect. The report will consist of five written sheets of approximately 100 words each.
• Oral Examination (60 minutes). Fifty per cent. Standard questions will be based on knowledge of surgically applied anatomy appropriate to that required for the Part One Examination of RACS. The examination format includes specimens, bones, imaging and surface projections of the head and neck (10 minutes), thorax (10 minutes), abdomen (10 minutes), pelvis (10 minutes), upper limb (10 minutes), lower limb (10 minutes).
Students are required to pass the Dissection Coursework and each of the six components of the Oral Examination. Students will, however, be considered for a pass grade if they pass five of the six elements and in the sixth achieve a mark of not less than 45 per cent.
Prescribed Texts:
Students will be supplied with notes (Practical Anatomy: Guide and Dissector) and Anatomy CD-ROM (An@tomedia)
Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: n/a
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Related Course(s): Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy

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