OPTM4 Anatomy 1

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Level: 4
Credits: 10

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

Course Blog


  • This course aims to provide students with a practical understanding of basic anatomical structures relevant to massage practice.


  • None


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and locate all major bones of the human body
  2. Identify and locate muscles of the human body at a basic level


  • Anatomical nomenclature
  • Gross anatomy of the skeleton
  • Basic muscular anatomy

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.