BMS224 Head and Neck Anatomy (8)

This subject enables students to learn about the structure and function of the head and neck, as a foundation for specialist study in communication and swallowing. Students will develop knowledge of head and neck anatomy; bones, joints, muscles, vascular and neural structures in the region. Changes in structure and function across the lifespan will also be covered. This subject will assist students to identify anatomical features of the head and neck region, and empower students to apply this knowledge in order to explain (dys)function of the communication, auditory, swallowing and respiratory systems.

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

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Online *
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS224. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify the bones, joints and cavities of the skull and cervical spine
  • be able to identify the face muscles and their relation to facial expressions
  • be able to describe the neurovascular anatomy of the head and neck
  • be able to identify the musculoskeletal anatomy of the larynx, pharynx, palate, oral cavity and nasal cavity in order to explain relevant functions
  • be able to explain anatomical structures in terms of their role in communication, auditory, swallowing and respiratory functions
  • be able to describe the components of the temporomandibular joint in order to explain abnormalities in communication and swallowing
  • be able to explain normal development and relevant developmental abnormalities of the head and neck across the lifespan


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Developmental anatomy of the head and neck
  • Anatomy of the skull, nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses and neck
  • Musculoskeletal anatomy of the face, submandibular region and temporomandibular joint
  • Functional anatomy of the oral cavity and tongue, salivary glands, pharynx, palate, larynx and hyoid
  • Neurovascular anatomy of the head and neck: major blood vessels, central nervous system components and relevant peripheral nerves / cranial nerves
  • Functional anatomy of the respiratory tract and respiratory muscles
  • Ear anatomy and anatomical mechanisms of hearing, phonation, articulation & deglutition

Residential School

This subject contains a 2.5 day Compulsory Residential School.

Each student is required to complete a 2.5 day residential school. The residential school will allow students direct access to resources in the Anatomy Laboratory on the Albury-Thurgoona campus, in order to consolidate theory topics covered during the session. Students will use a range of resources including human cadaveric specimens, text books, videos, interactive CD-ROMS, models, skeletons, and peer to peer learning in a series of structured activities. Tutors and laboratory staff will provide learning support for students through direct tuition, group activities and discussions, enabling the opportunity for students to discuss any problematic material they have encountered during the session.


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.