ANAT20080 Musculoskeletal Biology

Academic Year 2023/2024

This course will be students first introduction to anatomical terminology, and will focus on the structure and function of the human upper limb. Through a series of lectures and practical-based sessions the various contributing elements of the upper limb including bones, muscles, nerves and blood vessels will be considered in detail. This module forms part of the core curriculum for the MB BCh BAO degree in medicine.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
Recognise and describe structures of the upper limb including bones, muscles, nerves and blood vessels.
Discuss aspects of function and injury of the upper limb.

Indicative Module Content:

Anatomical terminology
Osteology of the pectoral (shoulder) girdle
Muscles connecting upper limb to the vertebral column
The pectoral region
Articulations of the pectoral girdle
The shoulder joint
The axilla
Brachial plexus
The arm
The elbow joint
The anterior forearm
The posterior forearm
Radioulnar, wrist and hand joints
The hand: intrinsic thenar & hypothenar muscles
The hand: intrinsic hand muscles
Arterial supply of the upper limb
Innervation of upper limb & nerve injury
Lymphatics and venous drainage of the upper limb

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Practical-based Sessions 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ANAT20030 - Basic Tissues & Early Develop

ANAT10110 - Clinical Human Anatomy I, ANAT10130 - Anatomy for Sports Science I, ANAT20120 - Human Form, MDSA20120 - Human Form

Musculoskeletal Biology (MDSA10050)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Examination: MCQ Examination Upper Limb 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Portfolio: Upper Limb Portfolio Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded 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?

Feedback given to whole group/class via VLE and/or in lectures

Textbook: Gray's Anatomy for Students. Edited by Richard L. Drake, PhD, A. Wayne Vogl, PhD and Adam W. M. Mitchell, MB BS, FRCS, FRCR.

App: Complete Anatomy. By 3D4Medical.

Photographic Atlas of Anatomy. By Johannes W. Rohen MD, Chihiro Yokochi MD, Elke Lutjen-Drecoll PhD.
Abrahams' and McMinn's Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy. By Peter H. Abrahams, Jonathan Spratt, Marios Loukas, Albert van Schoor.