Anatomy: Know Your Abdomen

Discover the human abdomen as you explore its key features, how it works, and learn about common gastrointestinal problems.

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Learn how the abdomen works and get to grips with basic anatomical terminology

On this course, you’ll learn how to identify the positions of organs within the abdomen and get a broad introduction to common anatomical terminology.

You’ll look at the features of the anterior (front) abdominal wall and the composition of the gastrointestinal tract.

You’ll study common problems that can occur in the tract and hear from an abdominal surgeon about the work he does to treat them.

You’ll also explore how the ‘abs’ are considered in relation to health and beauty as you consider how the abdomen is looked at in the media.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsKnowing more about our bodies and how they work is a fascinating topic. This short course provides the facts. Whether you are interested in studying medicine or biological sciences, or you are just interested in knowing more, this course will introduce you to the anatomy of the abdomen. Through videos, activities, and quizzes, you will become familiar with anatomical terminology used by medical practitioners. And we will start off by looking at the abdominal wall, and then move on to explore the organs of the gastrointestinal tract, before closing with a real-life case study from a surgeon at a local Leeds hospital. Along the way, you'll have plenty of opportunity to research and discuss topics with learners from around the world.

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What topics will you cover?

  • The positions of organs within the abdomen
  • Common anatomical terminology relating to organs and their position relative to each other
  • The anterior abdominal wall: how ‘abs’ are considered in relation to health and beauty
  • The structure of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Common gastrointestinal problems and the work done to treat or cure them

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify where the organs of the abdomen are located.
  • Identify key anatomical terminology by referring to the glossary.
  • Explore the basic features and muscles of the anterior abdominal wall.
  • Discuss the diverse range of functions carried out by the anterior abdominal wall musculature.
  • Research and discuss how the abdomen is referred to in the media.
  • Discuss your learning regarding the basic position and function of the gastrointestinal tract, from the oesophagus to the rectum.
  • Identify the position of the gastrointestinal tract and relate it to neighbouring organs.
  • Explore common gastrointestinal problems and how they are treated.
  • Research and discuss facts about the gastrointestinal tract.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for students at school or college interested in studying science or medicine at university.

This course provides a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and will help students decide if the study of science and medicine is for them.

Who will you learn with?

James Pickering

James Pickering

I am an Associate Professor in Anatomy at the University of Leeds and the lead educator for Exploring anatomy: the human abdomen. Happy to help.

Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

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