BMS171 Introduction to Functional Human Anatomy (8)

This subject provides an introduction to study in human functional anatomy relevant to diagnosis, intervention and rehabilitation in allied health practice. The subject introduces students to the study of anatomy and provides a broad introduction to the anatomy of the human musculoskeletal structure and body systems. This subject provides a foundation for further detailed studies of the anatomy of regions of the body. The learning experiences in this subject involve a range of learning modalities involving theoretical and practical learning. Students completing this subject as a distance education enrolment will be required to attend a residential school.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Orange Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Online *
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS171. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to define fundamental anatomical terminology and the anatomical position
  • Be able to describe the relationship between the structure and function of the human body 
  • Be able to describe the anatomy of tissues and list their major functions
  • Be able to describe the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system, including the axial skeleton, appendicular skeleton, appendicular and axial muscles, and arthrology
  • Be able to describe the anatomy of the central and peripheral nervous systems
  • Be able to describe the anatomy of the cardiovascular system
  • Be able to describe the anatomy of the respiratory system
  • Be able to briefly describe the anatomy of the digestive, urinary and reproductive systems.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Anatomical terminology, body orientation, major zones and hierarchy of body structure
  • Tissues; tissue types and functions
  • Skeletal and Articulatory Systems: structure and function of bone and bone tissue, joint types and movement
  • Muscle: smooth, cardiac and skeletal muscle, important muscles of the human body, muscle action
  • Neuroanatomy: organisation of the nervous system, structure of neurons and neuroreceptors; the special senses;
  • Cardiovascular System: heart and blood vessel structure, circulatory routes; structure of the lymphatic system and associated organs;
  • Respiratory System: structure and function of the airways and lungs; blood gas exchange;
  • Digestive System: anatomy of the digestive system and associated organs;
  • Renal System: functional anatomy of the kidneys, introduction to the mechanism of urine formation;
  • Reproductive System: male and female reproductive anatomy and basic physiology; important events in developmental anatomy;
  • Endocrine System: basic anatomy of the endocrine glands and a list of hormones secreted.

Residential School

This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory 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.

Special Resources

Students will be required to travel to attend residential school.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.