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Anatomy: Know Your Abdomen

Discover the human abdomen and how it works.

Why join the course?

This course will help you identify the positions of organs within the abdomen and will introduce you to common anatomical terminology.

You will look at the anterior (front) abdominal wall, exploring how the ‘abs’ are considered in relation to health and beauty. You’ll then move on to look at the composition of the gastrointestinal tract. Focussing on common problems that can occur in this tract, you’ll hear from an abdominal surgeon about the work he does to treat and cure such problems.

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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.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsSign up now to Anatomy: Know Your Abdomen.

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

When would you like to start?

  • Available now

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 part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university.

Completion of the courses will also enhance students’ university applications.

The courses can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.

Courses in this collection are also great for people that want an introduction in the specific subjects discussed in each course.

Who will you learn with?

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?

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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  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes

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  • Tests to validate your learning
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
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