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Exploring Anatomy: the Human Abdomen

Explore the anatomy of the human abdomen and understand its clinical importance.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Exploring Anatomy: the Human Abdomen

Why join the course?

You will be introduced to the human abdomen and its many complex structures through stimulating discussions on common surgical scenarios and current research. Each week, we will focus on a specific area of the abdomen; starting at the anterior abdominal wall and be able to detail the anatomy of numerous organs including the stomach and liver. Specialists will come together to compare and discuss contrasting surgical techniques. This will help you to apply your understanding of basic anatomy to common clinical scenarios and introduce you to research being undertaken at the University of Leeds.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Assess your current knowledge of the basic anatomy of the abdomen.
  • Develop an understanding of the muscles of the anterior abdominal wall, and the functions carried out by the anterior abdominal wall musculature.
  • Consider, research and discuss the basic structure of the peritoneum, and its main roles in the body.
  • Consider the different surgical approaches to the condition commonly known as a hernia.
  • Appreciate the various parts of the gastrointestinal tract and their main roles.
  • Appreciate the basic structure of the accessory organs of digestion and spleen, and their main roles.
  • Understand the common clinical problems associated with the gastrointestinal tract and accessory organs of digestion.
  • Understand why and how a section of bowel may be surgically removed.
  • Consider, research and discuss the basic function of the kidneys and suprarenal glands.
  • Explore the muscles of the posterior abdominal wall.
  • Explore the autonomic nervous system and how it supplies the abdominal viscera.
  • Consider, research and discuss the key differences between the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions of the autonomic nervous system.
  • Explore expert discussion detailing how radiological techniques can be used to treat hepatocellular carcinomas, a common liver cancer.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Develop your understanding of the organs and digestive tracts of the abdomen.
  • Explore the muscles and nerves of the abdomen, and how these contribute to key body processes.
  • Investigate the complex functions of the peritoneum, the kidneys and suprarenal glands, and the autonomic nervous system.
  • Reflect on expert discussion of surgical treatments for abdominal issues, including hernias, sections of bowel and liver tumours.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone that is interested in the human body and specifically the inner workings of the abdomen. We will assume a very basic level of anatomical knowledge. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.

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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.

Accredited by The CPD Certification Service

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $89 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.