Medical sciende Anatomy and Physiology in position to Occupational Therapy 15 credits

Medicinsk vetenskap: Anatomi och fysíologi med inriktning mot arbetsterapi
First cycle, M0031H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by 15 May 2007

Last revised
by 26 Feb 2019

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Medical Science
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language + Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics 2a/2b/2c , General Science 2, Social Studies 1b/1a1 +1a2 (specifik entry A14). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics B, General Science B, Social Studies A (specifik entry 16)

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
  • Describe how the different organ systems interact.
  • Describe basic anatomic concepts, cells and their function as well as tissues, their maturity and aging.
  • Describe the anatomy of the human musculoskeletal system, the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal muscle
  • Carry out movement analyses and make movement assessments in activity
  • Describe the neuron and the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system
  • Describe physiological pain mechanisms and their relation to activity
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory organs and the circulatory organs and their importance for human activity and different activity requirements
  • Describe normal working of physiological functions and nutritional requirements and how they relate to various types of activity and activity requirements
  • Describe physiological differences at different ages and between men and women and physiological changes during the life span
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the internal organs and nutrient management
  • Evaluate his/her own knowledge and identify needs for knowledge development
The acquired knowledge constitutes a basis for coming courses in the occupational therapist education

  • Latin nomenclature
  • The anatomy of the musculoskeletal system
  •  Laboratory session on the musculoskeletal system
  • Cells and tissue anatomy and physiology
  • The anatomy and physiology of the nervous system
  • Muscle physiology
  • Pain physiology
  • The respiratory organs
  • The circulatory organs including the lymphatic system
  • Exercise physiology
The anatomy-physiology of the internal organs:
  • the gastrointestinal canal, liver
  • kidneys, adrenal glands, spleen and urinary tract
  • nutrition

Teaching and learning takes place through own studies, study assignments, group discussions, laboratory work and seminars with oral presentation. Lectures are given within selected course sections. Participation in laboratory work and seminars is compulsory.


A three-grade scale is used; pass with credit (VG), pass (G) or failed (U). The course objectives are examined through an individual written exam. and seminar, In order to pass the whole course, students must pass all parts and the mandatory components must be completed.

This is a first-cycle course. Passing this course constitutes specific entry requirements for placement courses. Study supervision is provided in the course room in Canvas.

Anders Eriksson

Literature. Valid from Spring 2018 Sp 4 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Bojsen-Møller, F. (2000 or later). Rörelseapparatens anatomi. (1st ed.) Stockholm: Liber.
Henriksson, O., Rasmusson, M. (2013 or later). Fysiologi med relevant anatomi. Studentlitteratur.

Reference literature
Skolin, I. (2010 or later). Näringslära för sjuksköterskor: teori och praktik. (1st ed..) Stockholm: Norstedt.

Working material to be added.

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0018Written examination in neuroanatomy and neurophysiologyU G VG *4.50MandatoryA14
0021Seminar in nutrition and exercise physiologyU G#2.00MandatoryA14
0023Written examination in the musculoskeletal systemU G VG *4.00MandatoryA17
0024Laboration in palpationU G#0.50MandatoryA17
0027On-Line examination in cells, tissuesU G#1.00MandatoryA17
0028Seminar in circulation, respiration and internal organsU G#1.50MandatoryA19
0029On-line exam in circulation, respiration and internal organsU G#1.50MandatoryA19