Fall 2019 - BPK 326 D100

Functional Anatomy (4)

Class Number: 5118

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 3005, Burnaby

    We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 6, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 3181, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Admission to the major or honours program in Behavioural Neuroscience or Biomedical Physiology or Kinesiology. BPK 142, 201, 205 and at least 60 units. Behavioral Neuroscience Major and Honours students require BPK 142, 205, PSYC 280 and at least 60 units.



Pursues a systematic study of human anatomy with emphasis on functional applications. A comparative study of organs and body systems using laboratory dissections to provide an understanding of the three dimensional organization of the human body. Participation in all labs is required. Students with credit for BPK 325 may not repeat this course for further credit.


This 13-week course involves two one-hour classes (Mon, Wed 9:30) plus two two-hour labs (Mon, Wed) per week.
Lab work involves physical dissection (of rabbits, for comparative study) and digital dissection of cadavers (using the Anatomage Table) and is a required part of this course.  

The course is organized by regional (not systemic) anatomy. Each Unit of the course follows a similar organizational pattern: we study surface anatomy, gross anatomy (at various levels of dissection), and sectional anatomy (via both physical sections and medical imaging). Our study is linked to and assessed via functional and clinical anatomy. We incorporate all systems within each anatomical region; our emphasis in the limbs is musculo-skeletal anatomy, but we also cover fascia, nerves, and vasculature in the limbs, with an emphasis on neural control of movement and clinical ramifications of nerve injury.          

Week 1: Introduction to the study of anatomy (lectures only, no labs)  

Weeks 2-4:
The thoracic cage
The chest and back
The upper limb (including detailed study of the brachial plexus and the shoulder)  

Week 4: Unit Test 1  

Weeks 5-6:
The abdominal wall
The abdominal viscera
The pelvic girdle and pelvic floor
The pelvic organs  

Week 7: Unit Test 2  

Weeks 7-9:
The gluteal region
The lower limb (including detailed study of the hip, knee and ankle)  

Week 10: Unit Test 3  

Weeks 10-13:
The head and neck (including the brain, the face, and the cranial nerves)  

Week 13: Unit Test 4                


At the end of BPK 326, successful students will be able to:

  1. Dissect, discern, and describe tissues and structures in the laboratory, and link structure to function on bell ringer-style tests.
  2. Describe anatomy accurately and accessibly to diverse audiences, including colleagues, clients, patients, and friends and family outside of this course and the university. 
  3. Interpret anatomical sections (physical and digital) to identify structures and describe their relationship to other structures.
  4. Teach colleagues about a common injury or disease with anatomical origins/ramifications, through a 6-minute 40 second lightning talk (Pecha Kucha).  


  • Participation 5%
  • Clinical lightning talk 10%
  • Unit tests 60%
  • Final exam 25%

Department Undergraduate Notes:

It is the responsibility of the student to keep their BPK course outlines if they plan on furthering their education.

Missed Exam:

Students who miss examinations due to exceptional circumstances (such as serious illness or compassionate reasons) are required to obtain a physician's certificate, whereby the physician states that you were unable to write your midterm or final on the set date due to a medical condition beyond your control, or other supporting documents in order to obtain consideration in the course. Such documents must be filed with the Department Chair (via the Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology office) or Registrar within four calendar days of the date on which the examination was to have been written. Exceptional circumstances must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Committee in order for a student to receive consideration. Students must check the examination schedule when making course selections. Students are reminded that final examinations may be scheduled at any time during the examination period and that students should avoid making travel or employment arrangements for this period. In the event of a missed midterm or final examination the instructors reserve the right to give an oral examination of the material. Approximate midterm dates are provided, but may be subject to change.

BPK Grading Policy

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Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

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