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University of Leeds

Anatomy: Know Your Abdomen

University of Leeds via FutureLearn



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.

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.

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Taught by

James Pickering

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    trés souvent les phrases se répétent-temps limite pour tout apprendre avec les croquis-cela aurait était bien d'avoir un systeme de traduction pour et regarder la vidéo et lire en dessous-on aurait mieux compris
  • Beverley Inis Watson

    Beverley Inis Watson completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    Pages difficult to navigate. No clear buttons for submit, previous, next. Audio video dull, video with transcript would have been engaging and much better. No way of doing the end quiz to check for understanding unless payment for course was made. Other...
  • Sophie Dierckx

    Sophie Dierckx completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    This is not an elaborate course but it covers pretty much all the basics. It's a great start for people who don't really know anything. It's very well explained and it is very visual, you always get to see a human itself for the anatomy terms or a 'puppet' for the internal organs.

    The only this I disliked is that we had to research a topic, but they didn't give us any guidelines to do so. When you're searching on Google it's hard to find trustworthy papers, so some recommandations would have been great. Maybe they could also integrate extra readings on the topics.
  • Mary Bresnahan completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    Expected much more, learned nothing. A very, very basic and superficial course that is appropriate only for someone who knows absolutely nothing about anatomy.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was very good,an extremely good speaker made it very interesting.Very disappointed in myself for not getting full marks,I had understood everything he said just made the wrong choice on the test
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    To quote "Mac" in John Steinbeck's Sweet Thursday, " I would of gone about it different." (Except my grammar which hopefully would be better!) First, the chronological structure of the course: If I have successfully finished a section and I log out, then...
  • PERCE-NEIGE completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    Interesting because the videos explain very well (around 40 min of videos in this course), but this course is too basic and too short. Only the basic digestive and organs functions. Some basic things about the digestive surgery, but the digestion process...
  • Anonymous
    The course was really easy to follow. I did think it was going to cover the entire adominal cavity, hence the reason I gave it a four star rating. Had I known it would not included e.g. positions of all the organs, connections between the organs, that is, if I'd been prepared for its limited information, I would have given it a five. It was very well presented. I particularly liked the video at the start where people on the street were asked where they thought the organs were in the abdomen and the way they were shown where they actually were. It was not condescending, but informative. The quizzes were good too.
    Wish they'd had a female dummy as I've never seen one used in anatomy classes.
  • Anonymous
    I feel very happy because I revise the Anatomy after long time.I am taking keen interest in herbal as well the medical sciences.l am learning the herbalism from along time.I appreciate the all staff of future learn specicially the professors.All videos and pdf are shortly informative.Moreover It is a free course with certificate.I advise to all students and teachers of homeopathic,medical,herbalisim and BUMS to join the future learn for study and expand free of cost education in all over the whole world to all people of all the relegion.Thank you.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is very short, realistically you could probably finish it in a few hours, that's not to say it's not very detailed and informative, because it is. it provides you with a lot of open ends to do your own research and is very easy to understand. You don't need to have an extensive background in science which is brilliant for a student like me. I liked that it was short because that meant I could also focus on my studies alongside this further course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was really clear to understand. The videos were short but in detail so you wouldn't lose concentration or distract yourself. There wasnt any useless information and so it was really interesting the whole way through. I learnt a lot that I didn't know before and also made me want to research more.

    i really like the research projects and reading about other peoples research projects too.

    Thank you for the course. I would definitely recommend.
  • Anonymous
    I found the course very helpful in providing a framework for study. It enabled me to
    research hopefully relevant questions, to avoid blind alleys and a too scatter-gun
    approach to investigation.

    I do believe that page navigation could be improved. I also noted that the week one
    mini-essay I pasted into the on-screen box did not subsequently appear, I guess
    somewhere there was a “confirm submission” button I failed to notice.
  • Ekaterina Tavadze Melin completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I have sucsessfuly finished this wonderfull course. It was a good i troductiory to anatomy of abdonem for a new learner . It was given in clear and understundable English wich I as a foreigner enjoied very much. Not compicated, not complex, with all nessesry explanations at hand on the course web site. I can recomend ito future doctors as well as to leanguadge scientists fro m my country.
    Many thanks .
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I knew absolutely nothing about the the abdomen, however I'm at a point in my life where I really think it is really important to know your body and understand its various components and this short course absolutely does that. The lecturer is clearly very passionate about his field and that really is reflected in the videos that was presented. All in all very informative and good starting point in knowing your Abdomen.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course would suit any senior level student in school,I learned most of it in Biology class,but it is enhanced.It would encourage you to go further.The videos /diagrams and models are very helpful to explain and the lecturer seems patient.
    The only problem I found was having to pay for the test at the end,which is a pity and although it says so on the advert tends to come as a surprise.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course will teach you the locations of your digestive organs, their roles in the system, the progress of your food through the system and some of the pathology connected to the system.

    A useful taster course for anyone, layperson or professional, interested in physiology.

    Very ably and entertainingly presented by people who “know their subject”.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I had some previous knowledge of the anatomy but wanted to refresh it. The tutor was very clear and had a nice manner about him. I especially enjoyed the interviews with the surgeon and pathologist. I enjoyed the course and would recommend this to those who have little or no previous knowledge to the way the abdomen works or as a refresher course.
  • Anonymous
    A good basic course aimed at younger learners exploring further or higher education.

    It was well structured, daily easy content with a good grounding in technical language.

    The short multiple choice quotes allowed you to check your learning before moving forward on the course.

    You could pay extra to do a fuller assesment, but this isn't really needed.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Am not a person of much words but I must say the course was resourceful. I learned a lot, my interest was picked and it opened my mind to things about the stomach. Learning from other students and instructors made me feel an already a doctor meaning it was very clear. It was a wonderful experience that I can recommend anyone to try
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is definitely a basic course but that is exactly what I expected for the 4 hours duration.
    The research options were useful to expand my knowledge beyond the direct course material and were not at all arduous.
    The course was easy to navigate & understand.
    I particularly enjoyed the last section with the surgeon & pathologist.

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