ANAT20050 Basic Principles of Trauma

Academic Year 2023/2024

This course aims to translate anatomical theory to clinical practice, in particular emergency medicine. It is organised in a topographic fashion and deals with regional anatomy in the context of trauma (from head to toe). The utility of the biomechanical basis of injury patterns is expounded. Anatomy revision through clinical cases will create a vivid learning environment. This module is optional for the MB BCh BAO degree in medicine. Undergraduate medicine students in Stage 3 and Graduate Entry Medicine students in Stage 2 can register to this module. Students from allied Health Sciences must have a firm foundation in the anatomical sciences.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should:
1. Understand the effect of trauma on anatomical regions
2. Appreciate how a knowledge of biomechanics helps explain pattern of injury.
3. Understand physiological responses to blood loss.
4. Apply the Glasgow coma scale
5. Differentiate between primary and secondary surveys applied to trauma assessment
6. Identify common bone fractures
7. Correlate radiological images to patient injury.

Indicative Module Content:

Biomechanical principles of trauma
Haemorrhagic shock
Hand I Trauma
Hand II trauma
Upper limb and elbow trauma
Shoulder trauma
Thoracic trauma
Hip and pelvis trauma
lower limb and knee trauma
Abdominal and intrapelvic trauma
Life in the fast lane
Foot and ankle injuries
Neck trauma
Facial trauma
Spinal injury
Head trauma
Eye trauma
Imaging in trauma

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Student presentations of clinical cases
Use of ultrasound in trauma 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Pre-requisites: musculoskeletal, cardiac,vascular, respiratory and renal biology.

Co-requisites: locomotor, gastrointestinal/liver biology and neuroscience

Learning Recommendations:

Students from related courses who have completed modules delivering similar information to the pre- and co-requisites applying to medical students will be considered for places on this module. Students registered to undergraduate Physiotherapy, Nursing or the Radiography programmes wishing to take this module as an Elective MUST contact the Module Coordinator and will be registered manually.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ANAT20070 - Anatomy of the Thorax, ANAT20080 - Musculoskeletal Biology, ANAT20120 - Human Form, MDSA20170 - Vascular Biology, MDSA20180 - Cardiac Biology, MDSA20190 - Renal Biology, MDSA20200 - Respiratory Biology, PHYS20150 - Cardiorespiratory Physiology

ANAT20040 - Neurosciences, ANAT20060 - Locomotor Biology, ANAT20160 - GI/GU Structure, MDSA20010 - GIT/Liver Biology, PHYS30240 - GI and Renal Physiology

Additional Information:
Pre-requisites: musculoskeletal, cardiac,vascular, respiratory and renal biology. Co-requisites: locomotor, gastrointestinal/liver biology and neuroscience

Basic Principles of Trauma (MDSA20050)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Clinical case presentation Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Multiple Choice Questionnaire 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Clinical cases will be reviewed post assessment. Clinical presentations will be peer reviewed through Sparkplus software, by class zoom polll and by module co-ordintor.

"Clinically oriented Anatomy" Moore 8th edition
Wolters Kluwer.
Name Role
Professor James Jones Tutor