Human Anatomy 2 & Biochemistry

General Information
Duration 1 semester
Level Year 1, Semester 2
Unit Weighting Unit Credit Points: 10 credit points
Total Course Credit Points: 320 credit points
Student Workload Number of timetabled hours per week: 4
Number of personal study hours per week: 6
Total workload hours per week:10
Prerequisites HMS101 Human Anatomy 1
Academic Details
Description This unit builds on HMS101 Human Anatomy 1 to broaden and deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of human physiology’s regional and surface anatomy. This unit also lays a foundation for the clinical diagnosis and application of acupuncture. Regional and surface anatomy introduces students to the upper limbs, lower limbs, neck, back, thoracic and abdomen.

Biochemistry provides students with an understanding of biochemical reactions in the human body. It includes the structures and functions of proteins and enzymes, the bioenergetics and metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids, and the metabolism of proteins, amino acids and nucleic acids. It also addresses the role of minerals and vitamins, the function of hormones in extracellular and intracellular communication, the structure of the genetic code, the mechanisms of gene expression and regulation and gene replication and repair.

Learning outcomes On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the conceptual framework and terms of reference in identifying regional anatomy of the upper limbs, lower limbs, neck, back, thoracic and abdomen.
  2. Identify the location of acupuncture points and their underlying structures with specific reference to the surface and regional anatomy of the body.
  3. Demonstrate palpatory skills for surface anatomy, including bony landmarks, joints, muscles and major blood vessels.
  4. Explain the synthesis and functions of proteins and enzymes.
  5. Describe how various cellular reactions utilise or produce energy and the pathways by which carbohydrates are synthesised and degraded, the metabolism of amino acids and how this yields energy.
  6. Describe the synthesis and functions of nucleic acids and their role, mechanisms of DNA organisation and replication, RNA synthesis, processing and metabolism, the structure of hormones and explain their key role.

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