MEDI11003 - Relational Anatomy

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The unit examines the human body from a three-dimensional perspective. Each major anatomical structure is studied in terms of its spatial characteristics, both internally and relative to its surroundings, body planes and external landmarks. Relational anatomy knowledge is then applied to identification of those structures on medical images of a variety of modalities.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: BMSC11010 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 OR BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1

Corequisite: BMSC11011 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 OR BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 3 - 2022 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Test 40%
2. Online Test 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 3 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 22.41% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student comments and evaluation
Students found the tutorials helpful and engaging, and liked having questions from previous weeks' content included
Maintain tutorial structure
Action Taken
Source: Evaluation
There was some difficulty in seeing detail on anatomical models in some lecture videos
Review lectures and ensure that when anatomical models are used, that they are in full-screen mode
Action Taken
Source: Student comments and evaluation
Students found the weekly formative quizzes helpful to review content and understanding.
Maintain and update formative weekly quizzes.
Action Taken
Source: Coordinator reflection and discussion with the Medical Imaging teaching team.
The small quizzes were designed to complement the residential school and assess content in the residential school. The residential school no longer runs and the quizzes simply add to the number of assessments students must complete without adding value to their learning.
Review the assessment strategy for this unit.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback, Head of Course review.
The tutorials were interesting to many students in being highly focused on radiographic appearances of anatomy and pathology but this was quite tangential to the learning outcomes of the unit.
Ensure that there is clear alignment between the unit learning outcomes, the learning activities and the assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Tutorial structure and content has been returned to the previous format that was well received by students and clearly aligned with the unit learning outcomes.
Source: Student feedback, reflection of the Medical Imaging team
The one day residential school in Term 3 was not seen by most students as time well spent. The hands-on learning activities made up only a small part of the day's time. The on campus written test was a bigger portion. Almost all students had travel and accommodation expenses for this standalone activity. This was in contrast to the previous year when the res school timing was aligned to be adjacent to another res school.
Investigate the feasibility of eliminating the one day residential school and changing the on-campus test to an online test.
Action Taken
The residential school was removed in 2020 with the on-campus test changed to online test.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the typical shape, size, orientation and location of each major anatomical structure
  2. Express using correct terminology the spatial orientation of each major anatomical structure relative to its neighbouring structures, surface landmarks and body planes
  3. Identify major anatomical structures on anatomical drawings, anatomical sections and medical images
  4. Orient sectional images relative to orthogonal body planes and body regions.

This unit maps to the following components of the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia's Professional Capabilities for Medical Radiation Practice:

Domain 1: Medical radiation practitioner: capability 1

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Online Test
2 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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