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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.

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

Taught by

James Pickering

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4.3 rating, based on 97 reviews

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  • Profile image for ARRA
    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
    A little too basic. The list of words was sadly lacking and the prof asked if we noticed any missing to please make a note ... I added lots, but never got any response. No questions answered. And lots of references made quickly and without further...
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed this course. The issues that made this course so successful were; a) The presenter - clear articulation and sequence of ideas that built upon the facts presented. Well paced informative presentation that didn't overload the lay person b)...
  • Anonymous
    Great visual materials and clear explanations all throughout the course not only make it fascinating to follow but also inspires to pursue this topic further on. I express my thanks to all who took part in preparing, filming and producing this short course.

    The materials show an overview of the abdomen, the organs there and the problems that can occur in this body region. It also teaches us some iportnat lexis and introduces to means of solving the problems I mentioned beforehand. Greal illustrative meterial helped me to remember the info vividly and detailed explanations solidified that.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Anonymous
    Its a good cause everyone needs to know, because u know everything about inner part of the human system, at which if a paitcient complain to you, you will know where and what's to treat,,I love the cause,and for I think is the best thing that's is happening to me for being in this cause, thanks so much.
  • Anonymous
    It was a really informative and well thought course. Most of the terminology because it’s medical might seem like it is complex to understand but the way in which it was taught was relatively simple to understand and to apply.
  • Kathleen Haldane
    I wish I had done this course years ago. It was informative, useful, clear. I think that many people would be in better health mentally and physically if they knew more about their bodies - this would certainly apply to me.
  • Anonymous
    A brief but lucid introduction to the abdomen dwelling mainly on the problems with the colon. The other areas of the GI tract are also discussed in some detail. Recommend this to anyone curious about the human anatomy.
  • Anonymous
    I have really enjoyed doing this online course. It has been a great reminder on the abdomen. It got me to do additional research on the topic and in doing so, I have learnt so much more about the abdomen.
  • Anonymous
    I enjoyed learning about my digestive system. All the videos were very clear and easy to understand. The course material encouraged me to do more research on the topic given.
  • Anonymous
    i love this course overall. That make me remembered when i in secondary school, i learned about this from my fav teacher.
  • Anonymous
    Crystal clear and informative. Easy to learn and is flexible. The research part wakes up the the thirst to learn.
  • 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
    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

    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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.

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