BMS172 Functional Anatomy of the Vertebral Column, Pelvic Girdle and Lower Limb (8)


This subject provides students with a comprehensive overview of the functional anatomy of the vertebral column, pelvic girdle, pelvic floor, and lower limbs. Topics covered include limb motion related to joint structure and mobility, relevant aspects of surface anatomy, and the anatomical relationships between bones, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves in these body regions. Students undertaking this subject will be assumed to have a basic understanding of anatomical terminology, the general organisation of the body as a whole, and have an introductory level knowledge of the gross anatomy of the musculoskeletal system. Students completing this subject as a distance education enrolment will be required to attend a residential school.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
InternalOrange Campus
Distance*Albury-Wodonga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS172
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to have studied systemic anatomy prior to enrolling in BMS172.

Enrolment restrictions

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Podiatry, Bachelor of Health and Rehabilitation Science, and Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to explain the anatomical basis of relevant practical diagnostic procedures and treatments commonly performed by health professionals;
  • Be able to identify and interpret surface features of the normal living body;
  • Be able to identify and interpret key features of radiological images;
  • Be able to describe the relationship between key surface features of the lower limb and limb motion;
  • Be able to describe the normal anatomical variation between individuals due to age, gender and body build;
  • Be able to describe the effects of posture, respiratory phase and pregnancy on anatomical structure;
  • Be able to describe the anatomy of the vertebral column;
  • Be able to describe the anatomy of the pelvic floor;
  • Be able to describe the anatomical relationship of bones, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves of the pelvic girdle;
  • Be able to describe the anatomical relationship of bones, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves of the lower limb;
  • Be able to describe the relationship between lower limb motion and joint mobility;
  • Be able to describe how the integumentary system, fascia, muscle and bone can protect underlying structures in the body.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Spine arthrology
  • Spinal muscles and their innervation
  • Pelvic floor structure and function
  • Arthrology of the lower limb, including pelvis, hip, knee, ankle and foot
  • Lower limb muscles
  • Lower limb blood vessels
  • Lower limb neurology

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 5 day residential school.

The residential school will provide students with practical learning activities to support the learning objectives of this subject. Students will work closely with teaching staff to be guided in the study of human functional anatomy, and will provide access to a range of key learning resources in the specialised anatomy laboratory. The residential school extends students’ learning through the use of hands on teaching using anatomical materials.

Specialised Resources

Students will be required to travel to attend residential school.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.