Fall 2021 - BPK 326 D100

Functional Anatomy (4)

Class Number: 5762

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    SSCC 9000, 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.



A detailed study of human anatomy with emphasis on clinically relevant applications in health, injury and disease. Virtual cadaver dissection, comparative laboratory work, and an introduction to medical imaging emphasize the layered, three-dimensional organization of the human body. Participation in all labs is required. BPK major and honours students who have taken BPK 325 must also take BPK 326. For students taking both of these courses, credit will only be given for BPK 326.


Course Format: In-Person, Synchronous

Lectures: Mon & Wed, 9:30-10:20, C9000

Labs: Mon & Wed, 12:30-2:20 (D101) and 2:30-4:20 (D102), K9618

(Note that the term-specific schedule will be found on Canvas, on the Calendar.)

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, with an emphasis on neural control of movement and clinical ramifications of nerve injury. Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to the study of anatomy: planes, terms of reference, and definitions
  • The thoracic cage
  • The chest and back
  • The upper limb (including detailed study of the brachial plexus and the shoulder)
  • The abdominal wall
  • The abdominal viscera
  • The pelvic girdle and pelvic floor
  • The pelvic organs
  • The gluteal region
  • The lower limb (including study of the hip, knee and ankle)
  • The head and neck (including the brain, the face, and the cranial nerves)


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

  1. Discern and describe tissues and structures across anatomical regions and systems and link structure to function.
  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.


  • Participation 4%
  • Unit tests (8: 5 multiple choice tests, 3 written tests, 12% each) 96%



  1. In addition to Canvas, Top Hat registration is required. (Top Hat is a classroom response system that allows users to participate in quizzes and tests using their own devices.) Top Hat registration (in Top Hat Classroom plus Top Hat Test) costs $30.
  2. We are using a Top Hat Textbook, customized for the course. This is the only required textbook, and it costs $45. We are also using a customized Lab Manual from Top Hat, which costs $15.
  3. There is NO LONGER a $27 supplemental course fee to help cover the costs of lab materials and supplies.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

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.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.