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ANAT331 Functional Anatomy

Functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal system.

ANAT 331 focuses on different aspects of the human musculoskeletal system, and explores functional and clinical implications of anatomical structure. Dissection of specific body regions is a key component of the laboratory sessions. This, together with associated teaching and assessment tasks, aims to assist students to obtain an in-depth knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy, facilitate recognition of normal and variant anatomy, develop a critical approach to interpreting contemporary anatomy research, and encourage team work and communication skills.

Paper title Functional Anatomy
Paper code ANAT331
Subject Anatomy
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,680.00

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ANAT 241 or ANAT 250
Schedule C
Anatomy Office
Room 231, 2nd Floor
Lindo Ferguson Building (LFB)
Tel 479 7362
Teaching staff
2018 teaching staff to be confirmed. Please contact the Department for more information.
Paper Structure
Learning is facilitated by weekly lectures (two per week), laboratories (one, 4 hours per week), and online content. The paper is divided into three main modules focused on the functional anatomy of the (1) upper limb, (2) spine and (3) lower limb.
Teaching Arrangements
All teaching is undertaken on campus.
There are no required textbooks for ANAT 331, but it is recommended that you have access to an anatomical text and/or atlas.
Course outline
View the course outline for ANAT 331
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Be able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge of the functional anatomy of the spine and the upper and lower limbs
  • Have developed skills of dissection, observation, recording, description and interpretation of gross structures
  • Be able to demonstrate an ability to analyse, interpret and discuss relevant contemporary anatomical research

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-17, 19-22
Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
P1 Monday 14:00-17:50 9-13, 15, 17-22