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Detailed Course Syllabus

What will you learn in this course? Review the course syllabus for a guide to grading, suggestions for studying, and our policies.

Course Syllabus for Musculoskeletal and Integumentary Anatomy

Instructor: Kelli A. Sullivan, Ph.D.

University of Michigan Medical School

Division of Anatomical Sciences, Department of Surgery

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the gross anatomy of the central and peripheral nervous systems.
  • Understand how sensory information enters the brain.
  • Understand how the brain and spinal cord control the muscles.
  • Understand how the autonomic nervous system activates the fight or flight response.
  • Identify the names and functions of the cranial nerves.

Use of Anatomical donor images

Anatomical donors are essential to anatomical education and research, and the use of images of donors to illustrate anatomical concepts and structures was a very deliberate decision. If you have never viewed cadaveric images before, this can be an emotional experience. If you are sensitive to this, this may not be an appropriate course for you.


Mastering anatomical concepts and structures takes a considerable amount of dedication. Everyone is unique in studying habits and time necessary for streaming and quizzing. I recommend taking notes (in your own words) from the lectures, making flashcards, drawing pictures of anatomical structures, etc. Review is an important component in retention and success in this course.

The course has been designed to be studied over 8 weeks, with approximately 5 hours learning per week. You will notice that videos are used to deliver the learning to explain the anatomical concepts in detail.

At the end of each week, we have included a ‘Check your understanding’ step between the video content and the test. We encourage you to use the resources linked there, and any other resources you may have or find, to study the content prior to completing the weekly tests.

Course Structure

Week no Title Number of lessons Study hours Hours for test
1 Gross Anatomy of the Nervous System 5 3 – 5 1
2 Spinal Cord 5 3 – 5 1
3 Autonomics 3 2.5 – 4 0.5
4 Motor Systems 4 3 – 5 1
5 Sensory Systems 3 2 – 4 1
6 Brain Stem and Cranial Nerves 3 2 – 4 0.5
7 Cranial Nerves II 4 2 – 4 0.5
8 Cortex 5 3 – 5 1


A weekly test contains approximately 15 questions that span the content covered throughout the week. Each test is weighted equally for your final grade. You will only have 3 opportunities to answer each question. We highly recommend reviewing your notes and testing your understanding using practice questions, flashcards, or other study tools you find helpful, before you begin each test.


University of Michigan is committed to providing a learning experience that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. While we strive to adhere to accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, we recognize that there may be unique challenges in this course. If accessing this material proves challenging, we recommend working in a pair with a partner who can assist you as you progress through the material.

Academic Integrity and the Use of Comments and Discussions

All submitted work should be your own, original work. While collaboration is really important, and we encourage you to collaborate whenever it makes sense, you will maximize your learning if you do the assignments for this course yourself.

Our work often builds on the work of others. If you are referencing others’ work, put it in quotes! If you are directly quoting, or building on others’ writing, provide a citation.

Finally, while we cannot monitor everything, FutureLearn and the course team will monitor the comment sections for any activity that violates academic integrity rules and basic civility to each other. Participation in the course discussions is not required, though it is strongly encouraged.

Contact with the Instructor

Given the large number of students in this course, the teaching assistants or instructor should not be contacted directly with any questions. While we appreciate the time and effort you put into the course, responding to questions is virtually impossible. Instead, please direct your questions to the appropriate step’s comment section. The course team will monitor the sections regularly for technical issues and content errors. We encourage you to seek support from your peers by asking questions in comment sections, and to provide support by answering others’ questions.

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