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SPEX11-113: Functional Anatomy


This subject aims to develop understanding of the interaction of the neuromuscular and skeletal system and how they lead to complex movements. Students will undertake activities to facilitate their learning to describe the shape, location and action of muscles, how joint shape influences movement, how movement causes the anatomical structures to adapt, and how anatomical structures influence sport performance and activities of daily living.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • May 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Medicine
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,260
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,400

Learning outcomes

1. Identify and apply the components of the neuromuscular system and principles of kinesiology to individual joint complexes as they relate to movement, stability and posture. 2. Analyse movement during prescribed exercises to identify the muscles that act to produce and control a movement of a particular joint. 3. Apply the principles of anatomy and physiology to analyse the adaptive process of the neuro-musculoskeletal system with respect to exercise, injury, immobility and aging. 4. Choose and conduct movement, anthropometric, body composition, flexibility and posture analyses appropriate to the client (including injured, disabled and aged clients) and their goals (including sports, talent identification, exercise for health and activities of daily living). 5. Prescribe an exercise program based on movement, anthropometric flexibility and posture analyses.

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Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

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