Aug 7th 2017

Anatomy: Know Your Abdomen (FutureLearn)

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Discover the human abdomen and how it works. This course will help you identify the positions of organs within the abdomen and will introduce you to common anatomical terminology.

You will look at the anterior (front) abdominal wall, exploring how the ‘abs’ are considered in relation to health and beauty. You’ll then move on to look at the composition of the gastrointestinal tract. Focussing on common problems that can occur in this tract, you’ll hear from an abdominal surgeon about the work he does to treat and cure such problems.

What will you achieve?

- Identify where the organs of the abdomen are located.

- Identify key anatomical terminology by referring to the glossary.

- Explore the basic features and muscles of the anterior abdominal wall.

- Discuss the diverse range of functions carried out by the anterior abdominal wall musculature.

- Research and discuss how the abdomen is referred to in the media.

- Discuss your learning regarding the basic position and function of the gastrointestinal tract, from the oesophagus to the rectum.

- Identify the position of the gastrointestinal tract and relate it to neighbouring organs.

- Explore common gastrointestinal problems and how they are treated.

- Research and discuss facts about the gastrointestinal tract.

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