OPTM21 Anatomy 3

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Level: 6
Credits: 10

Directed Learning hours: 35
Self Directed Learning hours: 65
Total Learning Hours: 100


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



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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify bony landmarks, origins and insertions of muscles at an advanced level .
  2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of muscles and tissues of the body by palpation.
  3. Describe the relationship between structure and function of skeletal muscle.
  4. Analyse skeletal muscle movement.
  5. Explain the relationship between structure and function of joints.
  6. Demonstrate effective stretching of functional muscle groups.
  7. Identify endangerment sites and safely palpate the region identified.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of neuro-anatomy and impingement sites by palpation.
  9. Demonstrate applied knowledge of lymphatic anatomy.


  • Musculo-skeletal anatomy
  • Kinesiology
  • Endangerment sites
  • Neuro-anatomy and impingement sites
  • Lymphatic anatomy


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. Students will be expected to engage with online discussions and activities and in some instances, participation may be required.

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:

  • Houglum, P. (2005). Therapeutic exercise for musculoskeletal injuries (2nd ed.). Auckland: Human Kinetics.
  • Marieb, E., & Hoehn, K. (2007). Human anatomy & physiology (7th ed.). San Francisco: Pearson Benjamin Cummings.

Recommended Reading Resources:

  • Wirhed, R. (1997). Athletic ability and the anatomy of motion (2nd ed.). London: Mosby.