Surgical Anatomy

Subject ANAT90008 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 26-Jan-2015
Teaching Period 09-Feb-2015 to 05-Jun-2015
Assessment Period End 08-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 28-Jan-2015
Census Date 27-Feb-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 24-Apr-2015

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.

Lecture style environment, online LMS and dissection classes.

The course is run on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-10pm, with optional 'catch-up'/revision sessions on Saturday mornings.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 260 hours
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 1224 hours.


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy . This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.



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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Assoc Prof Chris Briggs


School of Melbourne Custom Programs
Level 3, 442 Auburn Rd
Hawthorn VIC 3122

Program Coordinator - Gemma Hughes

Phone - +61 3 9810 3253

Subject Overview:

Students will gain thorough knowledge of all aspects of regional and systemic anatomy. In particular, students will learn the surgical relevance of all structures studied, common variations and surgical and procedural approaches to each organ or structure.

Tuition over the 18 week period involves lecture/tutorials and practical sessions (including specimen workshops and cadaver dissection) totalling 160 contact hours. There is also opportunity for additional independent dissection if desired.

Learning Outcomes:

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 stucture.


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 (20 minutes). Flag race examination (60 minutes). Fifty per cent. Standard questions will be based on knowledge of surgically applied anatomy appropriate to that required for the SET Surgical Sciences Examinations of RACS. The oral examination format includes specimens, bones, imaging and surface projections of the chosen specialty areas. The flag race examination format includes identification of labelled specimens of the head and neck, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, upper limb, lower limb. Students are required to pass all components to graduate.

Prescribed Texts:

You will be supplied with course notes and a comprehensive multimedia program Anatomedia (see also as well as an accompanying textbook (General Anatomy: Principles and Applications) and dissection manual.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:


Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy
Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy

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