OPTM12 Anatomy 2

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Level: 5
Credits: 10

Directed Learning hours: 50
Self Directed Learning hours: 50
Total Learning Hours: 100


This course aims to provide students with a practical understanding of anatomical structures relevant to massage practice at an intermediate level.



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Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe normal structure and function of the bones of the skeleton
  2. Identify bony landmarks, origins and insertions of muscles at an intermediate level, and the location of ligaments and retinacula
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of bony landmarks, muscles and tissues of the body by palpation


  • Structure, function and bony landmarks of the major bones of the skeleton
  • Origins and insertions of muscles at an intermediate level
  • Major ligaments and retinacula
  • Introduction to kinesiology


The following strategies may be used: • Assignments • Theoretical examination • Supervised clinical assessment • Practical testing • Online quizzes/exercises

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend 90% of practical classes. If in the opinion of the programme manager students have a valid reason for non-attendance, their total attendance may be permitted to drop to a minimum of 80%. Non-participation in these classes is treated as non-attendance.

Completion requirements

Students must achieve competency in all assessment tasks for completion of this course. Students attendance and participation must also comply with the attendance requirements of the course.

Student Reading List

Required Reading Resources:

  • Marieb, E., & Hoehn, K. (2007). Human anatomy & physiology (7th ed.). San Francisco: Pearson Benjamin Cummings.

Recommended Reading Resources:

  • Biel, A. (2005). Trail guide to the body (3rd edition). Colorado: Books of Discovery.
  • Calais-Germain, B. (1993). Anatomy of movement (English language version). Seattle: Eastland Press, Incorporated.
  • Clemente, C. (1997) Clemente anatomy – a regional atlas of the human body (4th ed.). Maryland: Williams & Wilkins.

The course coordinator may recommend additional reading resources.