Spring 2023 - BPK 326 D100

Functional Anatomy (4)

Class Number: 4476

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Mon, 9:30–10:20 a.m.

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.

  • 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, 13 weeks

Lectures: Mon & Wed, 9:30-10:20, AQ 3149

Labs: Mon & Wed, 12:30-2:20 (D101), 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)


  • Discern and describe tissues and structures within and across anatomical regions and systems, linking structure to function.
  • Describe anatomy accurately and accessibly to diverse audiences, including colleagues, clients, patients, and friends and family outside of this course and the university.
  • Interpret anatomical sections (physical and digital) to identify structures and describe their relationship to other structures.
  • Predict the clinical outcome of injury to specific structures and use clinical symptoms and signs to localize injury.


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



In addition to Canvas, Top Hat registration is required. Top Hat registration costs $30 (plus tax).

Students will receive an invitation to join the course on Top Hat.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

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:


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