Anatomy Curriculum for Nervous system and special senses System in Basic Sciences

The following document outlines the detail  objectives of Anatomy contents to be taught in Nervous System and Special Senses Block/Unit/Course of an undergraduate medical sciences (MBBS) program. 


Block/Unit/Course - Nervous System and Special Senses

Contents:

Cerebrum
Thalamus and Hypothalamus
Brainstem
Cerebellum
Basal ganglia,
Ventricles
Meninges and Cerebrospinal Fluid
Spinal Cord
Blood supply
Cranial Nerves
Eye ball
Ear



Objective:

At the end of the block/unit/course, students should be able to:

  1. Define the terminologies: Rostral and Caudal, ventral and dorsal in relation to nervous system.
  2. Describe the formation of neural tube and enumerate the developmental source of the different parts of the brain
  3. Explain the basis for developmental anomalies related with nervous system.
  4. Identify the different parts of central nervous system.
  5. Identify the major sulci (lateral, central, parieto-occipital and calcarine) and illustrate the lobes of cerebral hemisphere with its demarcation.
  6. Summarize the area of cerebral hemisphere subserving major special function: Motor, Sensory, auditory, visual, speech (Sensory and motor), personality, intelligence.
  7. Apply the knowledge of functional areas of cerebral hemisphere to explain the manifestation of related disorders.
  8. Define the cerebral dominance.
  9. Identify and describe the histological features of cerebral cortex.
  10. Name the different types of white fibres (commissural, association and projection).
  11. Describe the corpus callosum.
  12. Describe the internal capsule.
  13. Describe the blood supply of the brain and apply the knowledge to explain the functional deficit resulted by injury to arteries.
  14.  Describe the location, relation, parts, nuclei and important connections of thalamus.
  15.  Describe the location, relation, parts, nuclei and  connection of hypothalamus.
  16. Summarize location, components, important connection and function of basal ganglia and explain the manifestation of related disorders.
  17. Describe the gross features of different parts of brainstem, disposition of cranial nerves nuclei within it and important tracts/fasciculus passing through it. (PBL and Lab - Week II)
  18. Identify the structure observed in the base of the brain.
  19. Describe the gross features of cerebellum and its division.
  20. List the deeper nuclei of cerebellum.
  21. Summarize the important connection in cerebellum and explain the manifestation in diseases/disorders.
  22. Identify and describe the histological features of cerebellum.
  23. Describe the gross feature of spinal cord and the tracts (ascending and descending tracts with their    functional significance).
  24. Summarize the arrangement of nuclei within the grey matter of spinal cord.
  25. Describe the blood supply of the spinal cord and its applied aspects.
  26. Explain the manifestation of spinal cord injuries/diseases.
  27. Identify the microscopic structure of spinal cord.
  28. Describe the gross features of ventricles.
  29. Describe the layers of meninges and its relation with brain and spinal cord.
  30. Describe the circulation and drainage of cerebrospinal fluid.
  31. Identify the major features of brain on coronal, horizontal and sagittal sections and on standard diagnostic images.
  32.  Describe the functional component, nuclei of origin, course, distribution and functional significance of cranial nerves and explain the related clinical conditions.
  33. Summarize the process of development of eye and explain the basis for retinal detachment of eye.
  34. Identify and explain the gross feature of different parts of eyeball.
  35. Describe the visual pathway and explain the related clinical conditions.
  36. Summarize the functional anatomy of external ear and external auditory meatus.
  37. Describe the gross feature of tympanic membrane and applied aspect.
  38. Describe the gross anatomy of middle ear.
  39. Describe the functional anatomy of internal ear.
  40. Explain the auditory pathway and explain the related clinical conditions.
  41. Identify and list the layers of microscopic structure of cornea and retina.
  42. Identify and describe the features of microscopic structure of organ of Cortii. 
You can find compiled curriculum at Undergraduate Anatomy Curriculum.