BMS271 Functional Anatomy of the Head, Neck, Pectoral Girdle and Upper Limb (8)

This subject focusses on the functional anatomy of the head, neck, pectoral girdle, and upper limb. In addition, the anatomy of the thoracic and abdominal walls are discussed in detail. Topics covered include limb motion related to joint mobility and surface anatomy, and the anatomical relationships of bones, muscles, blood vessels and nerves within each of the body regions covered. 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 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: BMS271. 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 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 surface features of the upper limb and joint 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 relevant anatomical structures;
  • Be able to describe the anatomical relationships between bones, muscles, nerves, soft tissues and blood vessels in the head and neck;
  • Be able to describe the anatomical relationships between bones, muscles, nerves and blood vessels of the pectoral girdle;
  • Be able to describe the anatomical relationships between bones, muscles, nerves and blood vessels of the upper limb;
  • Be able to describe the relationship between upper limb motion and joint mobility;
  • Be able to describe the structure of the thoracic and abdominal walls;
  • Be able to describe how the integumentary system, fascia, muscles and bones can protect underlying structures in the body.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Upper limb arthrology

Upper limb muscles

Upper limb blood vessels

Upper limb nerves

Head and neck arthrology

Head and neck blood vessels

Head and neck nerves

Thoracic wall

Abdominal wall

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 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.