84300 - Anatomy of Musculoskeletal System

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Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

Identify the major components and topography of the musculoskeletal system and joints Correlate the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system with its function. Describe the development of the musculoskeletal system.

Course contents

The Skeletal System: The Axial Skeleton and skull, The Appendicular Skeleton, Joints

The Muscular System: attachments, innervation and actions of the major skeletal muscles groups of the head, neck, trunk and limbs.

Topography of the muscles of the neck, upper and lower extremities.


Gray's Anatomy - The anatomical bases of the clinical practise, Elsevier


Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy, Elsevier

Teaching methods

Lectures with extensive use of images, to facilitate the acquisition of fundamental anatomical basis through the stimulation of visual memory. The course is divided into a series of lectures which are accompanied by practical sessions.

Attendance to learning activities is mandatory; the minimum attendance requirement to be admitted to the final exam is 60% of lessons. For Integrated Courses (IC), the 60% attendance requirement refers to the total amount of I.C. lessons.

Assessment methods

he final examination consists of an oral test in which the student will discuss mainly three different topics of the program. As part of the interview, questions will also be asked to evaluate the depth of the knowledge on the three topics and on other topics of the program, the critical thinking ability that links together different aspects of knowledge and the achievement of a comprehensive understanding of the topics addressed in class.

The exam will be considered passed if the student has demonstrated sufficient knowledge in each topic.

The student’s ability to move across the various topics of the Anatomy program will be also evaluated. The student’s achievement of a comprehensive view of the topics addressed in class, together with their critical thought, the ability to make associations, the demonstration of rich and intelligible expression and use of specialist’s language will be evaluated with scores of excellence.

Graduation of the final grade

Insufficient: lack of preparation. Serious and repeated conceptual errors.

18-19: knowledge of the basic concepts without serious gaps. Exposition of concepts and language as a whole acceptable.

20-24: knowledge of the basic concepts without gaps. Ability to analyze and link in partial autonomy. Exposure of discrete concepts and language.

25-29: preparation of good or very good level or even excellent preparation but with inaccuracies in the presentation that compromise the achievement of full marks. Ability to analyze and link independently. Exposure of concepts in the right succession and mastery of the language.

30-30L: full preparation, consolidated and without inaccuracies on the topics covered in the course. Ability to promptly frame the topic. Ability to analyze and connect independently. Concepts in the right succession and full command of the specific language

The overall exam evaluation will be the weighted mean with the other modules of the integrated course, as follows: [(Anatomy)*4+ (Physiology)*2+ (Posturology)*1]/7.


Teaching tools

Teaching material can be downloaded through IOL-Insegnamenti Online

Office hours

See the website of Giulia Ramazzotti