Fall 2018 - BPK 326 D100

Functional Anatomy (4)

Class Number: 4859

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2018: Mon, 9:30–10:20 a.m.

    Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2018: Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2018
    Tue, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    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 324 or BPK 325 may not repeat this course for further credit.


Course contact time: Two one-hour lectures and two two-hour labs per week, over 13 weeks.
There are no tutorials in this course.  
The course is arranged into five units, based on regional anatomy.  

Unit 1: The thorax (Weeks 1-3)
Unit 2: The upper limb (Weeks 4-6)
Unit 3: The abdomen and pelvis (Weeks 7-8)
Unit 4: The lower limb (Weeks 9-11)
Unit 5: The head and neck (Weeks 12-13)  

Week 1:
Introduction to the study of anatomy
Musculature of the back  

Week 2:
Musculature of the chest Thoracic cage  

Week 3:

Thoracic cavity  

Week 4:

The axilla  

Week 5:
The shoulder The arm  

Week 6:

The forearm and hand  

Week 7:

The abdominal wall & cavity  

Week 8:

The pelvic musculature & contents  

Week 9:

The hip and gluteal muscles  

Week 10:

The thigh and knee  

Week 11:

The leg and foot  

Week 12:
The soft tissues of the face and neck The skull  

Week 13:

The brain                                               


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

  1. Dissect, discern, and describe tissue layers 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 by conducting a case presentation on a clinical ramification of anatomy in the style of a Journal Club.


  • Participation and laboratory conduct 5%
  • Journal club-style oral presentation 10%
  • Unit Tests (5) (13% each) 65%
  • Final Exam 20%



In addition to Canvas, we will be using Top Hat in the classroom and the laboratory, so Top Hat registration is required (~$24). (Top Hat is a classroom response system that allows users to participate in polls, quizzes, discussions, and more using their own devices. You can use your laptop, web-enabled smartphone, tablet, or cell-phone with text messaging. If you have any concerns about using Top Hat, please speak to Dr. Ramer.)  

Lab coats are mandatory for this course. They can be purchased at the bookstore (~$24).  

Finally, there is a $25 supplemental course fee to help cover the costs of lab materials and supplies.    


Lab Manual: Comparative Functional Anatomy, Featuring the Rabbit

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://students.sfu.ca/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