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Introduction to Anatomy: Learning the Anatomical Alphabet

Charles Sturt University via FutureLearn


This course is about learning human anatomy. Since we are each confined to a human body of our own, this course couldn’t be more widespread in it’s appeal. Understanding human anatomy is essential if one is to understand how the body works and is foundational to countless professions.

Many students in tertiary education find anatomy difficult because of the need to learn a very large number of new words and terms while simultaneously understanding their meaning. This course will help spread the load for students wishing to learn anatomy at an early tertiary level.

This course is part of our Study with Australia collection, with free upgrades and digital certificates supported by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission until 31st July 2020. Explore more courses from leading Australian education providers.

This course is for anyone wishing to learn the fundamentals of human anatomy and would be especially useful if you are considering further study in the health sciences.


  • Introduction to anatomical terms
    • Welcome
    • How do we describe the body?
    • What are the types of body movements?
  • Introduction to bones
    • What are the characteristics of bones?
    • What are all these bones in my arm?
    • What are all these bones in my arm? (continued)
  • Introduction to muscles
    • What is the microanatomy of muscles?
    • What are the major muscles in the upper limb?

Taught by

Jay Cohen


4.8 rating at FutureLearn based on 205 ratings

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