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    Musculoskeletal anatomy, neuroanatomy and systems anatomy relevant to physiotherapy.

    In this paper we take a hands-on approach, and helped by models and cadaveric material, we explore the complexities of the human body. As a physiotherapy student you require a sound anatomical foundation for the effective and safe application of your clinical knowledge and skills. This paper will build on the basics of anatomy taught in Human Body Systems, providing you with a detailed anatomical basis for physiotherapy practice. At the completion of this paper you will be able to demonstrate a high level of anatomical knowledge across a range of topic areas relevant to physiotherapy, including an understanding of applicable evidence-based research. Emphasis will be placed on three core areas: musculoskeletal anatomy of the limbs and spine, neuroanatomy and systems anatomy.

    About this paper

    Paper title Anatomy (for BPhty)
    Subject Physiotherapy
    EFTS 0.209
    Points 26 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,634.80
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    Dr Stephanie Woodley
    Anatomy Office
    Room 231, 2nd Floor
    Lindo Ferguson Building (LFB)
    Tel 479 7362
    Teaching staff

    Teaching staff to be confirmed - please contact the Department for more information.

    Paper Structure
    Learning is facilitated by weekly lectures, laboratories and online content. The anatomy content is ordered so as to complement the information delivered in other second-year physiotherapy papers and is divided into four main modules:
    1. Lower limb
    2. Spine and systems
    3. Neuroanatomy
    4. Upper limb
    Teaching Arrangements
    All teaching is undertaken on campus.

    Soames R, Palastanga, N (2019) Anatomy and Human Movement (7th ed). Edinburgh; Elsevier.

    Further recommended textbooks will be listed in the Laboratory Manual.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a high level of knowledge of the anatomy of the human musculoskeletal system, neurological and cardiopulmonary systems providing a basis for understanding movement and functional activities in both health and disease
    2. Understand the organisation and function of the human nervous system, including an appreciation of the external and internal features of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves
    3. Be familiar with some of the major diseases/disorders that affect the central and peripheral nervous systems, which are relevant to physiotherapy practice
    4. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the anatomy and function of the gastrointestinal and urogenital systems

    Students will engage in scholarship and learn via both teamwork (particularly in the lab setting) and independently. They will also develop generic attributes such as written and oral communication skills, critical thinking abilities, appreciate relevant ethical principles and understand and interpret anatomical research.


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
    Monday 13:00-13:50 9-12, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    C1 Wednesday 15:00-17:50 9-13, 15-22, 29-35, 37-42
    D1 Thursday 15:00-17:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22, 29-35, 37-42
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