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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

Module Title Anatomy I
Module Code SS110
School School of Health & Human Performance

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Noel McCaffreyOffice NumberAG23
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to introduce the student to: anatomy terminology, the skeleton and joints of the body, musculoskeletal embryology, joint classification, muscle anatomy and mechanics, functional and surface anatomy of the cervical spine and upper limb, neuroanatomy 1 (nerve, spinal cord) and anatomy of the skull.

Learning Outcomes

1. Employ accurate anatomy terminology
2. Describe joint classifications and divisions of the skeleton
3. Explain the embryological development of the musculoskeletal system
4. Describe the anatomical structure of the skull, including functional and surface anatomy
5. Explain the anatomical structure of the nervous system, the brain and the spinal cord
6. Describe the functional and surface anatomy of the cervical spine
7. Describe the functional and surface anatomy of the shoulder girdle, elbow and forearm, and wrist and hand
8. Outline and detail the muscles of the upper limb
9. Illustrate the pathways by which motor and sensory information passes between the periphery and the brain
10. Describe circulation of the upper limb

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Clinical laboratory22Clinical practical sessions
Independent Study178Independent study and independent tasks
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

Anatomy terminology and planes of motion

Structures of the skeleton

Classification of joints of the skeleton


Connective tissue structures within the human body

Functional and surface anatomy of the skull and cervical spine

Anatomy of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system

Functional and surface anatomy of the upper limb

Circulation in the upper limb

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
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
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