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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 has been ranked as one of the best online courses of all time by online course aggregator class central.

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.


  • Get in touch with your abs
    • Welcome
    • Locating the organs of the abdomen
    • Anatomical terminology
    • The abdominal wall
    • Summary
  • Ready to digest something new?
    • About Week 2
    • From top to bottom
    • Treating gastrointestinal problems
    • What next?

Taught by

James Pickering


4.4 rating, based on 130 Class Central reviews

4.7 rating at FutureLearn based on 267 ratings

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  • This class is a real treat for any curious learner. It is an inspiration to learn more about human physiology and biological sciences.

    I loved the class, which is very short, but still, covers important detail about human anatomy in simple language. Activities are interesting and most importantly, learners taking this class are amazingly curious! I truly enjoyed this class and would recommend it to anyone curious enough to learn about human anatomy! Great to start with learning about the abdomen and our GI tract. Truly an excellent class for everyone!
  • Interesting short course about the abdomen and digestive system that also discusses some common disorders and their treatment.
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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
  • Anonymous
    I throughly enjoyed this course. It is well designed for easy learning. Loved the used of the plastic body within which organs could be removed to see anterior and posterior body parts.
    The vocabulary used is simple yet informative. I came away with a very good understanding of the abdomen, its parts and its function..
  • Uruak-Awasi Irvine Obot
    For an aspiring medic, or if you wish to take a course in the field of health sciences, then look no further because this is a very reliable stepping stone to prep you for your future ambition. The course Anatomy: Knowing your abdomen is a very broa…
  • Anonymous
    I took this MOOC as I want to go into radiology.
    Anatomy was something I wanted to understand better, getting used to the positions of each organ and their functions which corresponded with the anatomical language used throughout.
    This was an eye-opening course that kept my interest all the way through from each video and research tasks set for us to do. The comment section was particularly my favourite as it allowed me to share my thoughts and research to everyone else taking the course.
  • Kelvin Juh Seng Loh
    interesting to learn and good video .knowing the position and function of our internal organ , also the length of our small intestine and colon intestines .Some surgical info and procedure on colon and rectal removal .Partial of colon rectal is removed and using stapled or stitch to securely connecting both cutting end .Laparoscopic instrument is used for minor surgical procedure for less time on surgery and rapid healing .

    thank you
  • Anonymous
    This course has really helped me a lot. The lecturers are very precise. Lectures were so simplified and easy to understand. I wish I can give more than 5 stars.
  • Anonymous
    This is a good cause if you’re not sure of the anatomy of the abdominal area. The lecturer explained things well and I love the video presentation. I found week 2 very interesting.
    The course Anatomy: Know your Abdomen is the best course that can teach you about the internal organs of your Abdomen whether you are a Medical student or not.

    The course explains a lot from:
    ● identifications of organs,
    ● functions of each organs,
    ● diseases associated with each organs,
    ● symptoms, effects and preventions of the diseases.
  • Beverley Inis Watson
    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.…
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    Very interesting and easy to understand course! It includes and succinct and precise understanding of the gastrointestinal system with data and tests that help you to improve.
  • 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.
  • Sophie Dierckx
    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.
  • Anonymous
    I entered this course wanting to know a bit more about the anatomy , and it exceeded my expectations and i know know lots of important facts and ideas that i can now apply to my subjects such as biology to have that little bit of extra knowledge to contribute to my studies , i still don’t know the anatomy off by heart but i have a way better understanding, thank you !
  • Anonymous
    A short and easy to follow course to explain about the organs in the abdomen and a brief look at colorectal cancer.
    Great just for interest or as an introduction to further study. Only takes a couple of hours.
  • Anonymous
    This Course is very great is say super great
    there were things i did not know and even understand clearly with this i have a level of understanding and can carry my career a step further thanks to all
  • Carlene Corbin
    This Course is very great is say super great
    there were things i did not know and even understand clearly with this i have a level of understanding and can carry my career a step further thanks to all
  • Expected much more, learned nothing. A very, very basic and superficial course that is appropriate only for someone who knows absolutely nothing about anatomy.
  • Anneliese Jasmine Hastings
    Some reviewers have discussed the level of knowledge presented. I think that they have hit "the sweet spot" .. interesting for those considering tertiary education (their target audience) or those with little or no prior knowledge, yet providing extra for those with a background including anatomy.

    Staff from Leeds University were great. They showed their enthusiasm ... always a good thing. Extra marks for the presenter. So nice to have a presenter who used both clear speech and a narrative at an excellent rate.

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