Anatomy: Know Your Abdomen (FutureLearn)

Anatomy: Know Your Abdomen (FutureLearn)
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Anatomy: Know Your Abdomen (FutureLearn)
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.

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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 topics will you cover?

- The positions of organs within the abdomen

- Common anatomical terminology relating to organs and their position relative to each other

- The anterior abdominal wall: how ‘abs’ are considered in relation to health and beauty

- The structure of the gastrointestinal tract

-Common gastrointestinal problems and the work done to treat or cure them


Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.


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.


Who is the course for?

This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university.

Completion of the courses will also enhance students’ university applications.

The courses can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.

Courses in this collection are also great for people that want an introduction in the specific subjects discussed in each course.



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34.00 EUR
No previous knowledge is required, just an interest in exploring anatomy and specifically looking at the human abdomen.

MOOC List is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.