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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Functional Anatomy
    Subject Anatomy
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    ANAT 241 or ANAT 250
    Schedule C

    Anatomy Office
    Room 231, 2nd Floor
    Lindo Ferguson Building (LFB)
    Tel 479 7362

    Teaching staff

    2024 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. Neck and spine
    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.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • 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


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
    Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 14:00-17:50 9-13, 15-22
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