Vertebral Column module (CA41006)

Explore the functional and applied anatomy of the vertebral column

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This module explores the functional and applied anatomy of the vertebral column.

What You Will Learn

In this module, you will:

  • learn about the spine from early development to adult form
  • learn how the structure of the vertebral column relates to its function
  • examine the bone, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments of the vertebral column. There will be a focus on the interaction between these tissues
  • consider pathological and anatomical variations associated with structures in the vertebral column
  • learn to construct a logical, accurate review of a published paper. This will be relevant to the vertebral column
  • design a coherent scientific presentation. You will have the opportunity to present this to your peers

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • think around current problems and offer opinions that are open for the full class or small group discussion
  • use examples of recent scientific and clinical literature to support arguments
  • present information about specialised topics to informed audiences
  • work as part of a group

Assignments / assessment

  • review of a published paper (20%)
  • group presentation (20%)
  • unseen exam (60%)

Teaching methods / timetable

  • lectures
  • seminars
    • you will be required to research a pre-defined topic and present your findings to the class


This module is available on following courses: