BMS224 Head and Neck Anatomy (8)


This subject is designed to render students proficient in the anatomy, design and function of the head and neck. Each topic will be thoroughly covered with reference to skeletal, muscular, vascular and nervous components, and a strong emphasis on function as it relates to speech and hearing mechanisms. This subject also includes the anatomy of the respiratory tract and respiratory muscles relevant to phonatory mechanisms.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
Distance*Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 3
Distance*Albury-Wodonga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
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Subject information

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

Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Health Science (Speech Pathology), Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching (Birth - 8 yrs)/Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Science, and Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Science students Students enrolled in other health-related courses wishing to gain an indepth understanding of the anatomy of the head, neck and respiratory system may also choose this subject as an elective.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • identify the bones, features and joints of the skull and portions of the vertebral column and thorax;
  • explain the organisation of the respiratory system and the muscular actions that form the basis for respiration;
  • know the three dimensional structure of the cavities within the head and neck;
  • discuss the arrangement, disposition and relations of the individual structures that contribute to the integrated function of specific regions of the head and neck;
  • state the course, distribution and functions of the peripheral nerves pertinent to speech pathology and speech and hearing science;
  • define the course and distribution of the major blood vessels that supply the head and neck;
  • explain the functions of phonation, articulation, and deglutition with particular reference to the functions of relevant anatomical structures;
  • know the detailed structure and function of the ear;
  • explain the basic mechanisms underlying development and relevant developmental abnormalities of the head and neck;
  • explain the anatomy and function of relevant components of the central and peripheral nervous systems with respect to speech and hearing mechanisms;
  • explain the location, structure and function of the major skeletal, muscular, nervous and vascular components of the larynx, pharynx, palate, oral cavity and nasal cavity; and
  • define the components of the temporomandibular joint and understand the relevance of abnormalities to phonatory mechanisms.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Skull Nasal cavity and sinuses Oral cavity and tongue Muscles of the Face Submandibular Region Temporomandibular Joint Pharynx Palate Larynx Central Nervous System Major Blood Vessels of the Head and Neck . Relevant peripheral nerves Neck Ear Anatomy & Hearing Mechanisms Respiratory Tract and Respiratory Muscles Phonation, Articulation & Deglutition . Development of the Head and Neck

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 2.5 day residential school. Description Each student is required to complete a 2.5 day residential school, which will be held in the residential school period. The residential school will involve 2.5 days in the Anatomy Laboratory on the Albury-Thurgoona campus. The residential school will allow students direct access to the resources in the Anatomy Laboratory, in order to consolidate the theory material covered during the session. Students will study a range of resources including human cadaveric specimens, text books, videos, interactive CD-ROMS, models, skeletons, and one another, in a series of structured activities. While the bulk of the activities will be self-directed the lecturers and laboratory staff will be available to provide guidance, answer questions, lead group tasks and discussions, and allow students the opportunity to discuss any problematic material they have encountered during the session.


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.