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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Anatomy 2
Module Code SS111
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sarah Dillon
Semester 2: Kevin Feely
Autumn: Kevin Feely
Module TeachersEnda Whyte
Sinead O'Keeffe
Sarah Dillon
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module aims to teach the student the structure and function of joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons of the lower limb, abdominal wall, pelvis and spine. This module will also provide a brief overview of the following systems: cardiopulmonary system, the endocrine system, the digestive system, the reproductive system, the integumentary system.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the major surface anatomy landmarks of the spine, pelvis and lower limb areas
2. Identify the location and surface markings of the major internal organs
3. Describe the origin and insertion of the main muscles in the spine, thoracic, abdominal, pelvic and lower limb regions
4. Describe the actions carried out by the muscles in the spine, pelvis and lower limb regions
5. Describe the structure and function of the main body systems
6. Describe the structure and function of the main joints in the spine, pelvis and lower limb regions

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory36Functional and surface anatomy
Independent Study178Independent Study
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Spinal anatomy and muscles of the back
Structure and function of structures of the spine, including bony anatomy, muscles, ligaments, intravertebral discs and the spinal cord.

Abdominal wall
Structure of the abdominal wall and their functions.

Hip and pelvis
Anatomy of the hip and pelvis including bony anatomy, muscles and ligaments.

Knee and thigh
Anatomy of the knee and thigh including bony anatomy, muscles and ligaments.

Shin and calf
Anatomy of the shin and calf including bony anatomy, muscles and ligaments.

Ankle and foot
Anatomy of the ankle and foot including bony anatomy, muscles and ligaments.

Major body systems and major organ markings
Including the cardiopulmonary system, the lymphatic system, the digestive system, the reproductive system and the endocrine system.

Nerve and blood supply to the lower limb
Including anatomy of the lumbosacral plexus and major arteries and veins. Also studied will be peripheral pulses, myotomes and dermatomes.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop QuizComprehensive multiple choice questionnaire examining course content.20%Week 6
Practical/skills evaluationAssessment of anatomy including bony landmark identification, palpation, and identification and knowledge assessment of musculoskeletal structures.20%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Gerard J. Tortora, Bryan H. Derrickson: 2009, Principles of anatomy and physiology, Wiley ; [2008], Hoboken, N.J., 0470084715
  • Nigel P. Palastanga, Derek Field, Roger Soames: 0, Anatomy and human movement, 0750688149
Other Resources

At present this is flagged as 40% CA and 60% exam, however it has been a 100% CA module for the past few years. The assessment will remain 100% CA (60% written test, 20% practical exam, 20% MCQ)
Programme or List of Programmes
ATTBSc Athletic Therapy and Training
SMPSCSingle Module Prof. Science and Health
Date of Last Revision10-JUL-09

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