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SPEX11-113: Functional Anatomy May 2021 [Standard]

General information

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.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:SPEX11-113
Subject title:Functional Anatomy
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

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Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Workshop
  • Sports Lab: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Sports Lab
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 48) - Recommended Study Hours


Prescribed resources:
  • Floyd, R. T., & Thompson, C. W (2020). Manual of Structural Kinesiology. 21st ed, McGraw-Hill Education
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  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.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Online Quiz iLearn anatomy test 10% Week 6 1.
*Video Assignment iLearn video Assignment 20% Week 8 1.
*Online Quiz iLearn video guided quiz Movement assessment 35% Week 10 2.
Case Analysis Critical analysis 35% Week 12 3, 4, 5.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Subject curriculum

This topic will introduce you to anatomy looking at terminology Osteo- and Arthrokinematics, lever systems and tips for studying and learning function anatomy. Emphasis on the structure function relationship and it's importance for understanding movement

Starting with the spine and pelvis we will investigate the bones that make up the axial skeleton, investigating the joints and how they provide the specific movement and stability of the axial skeleton. We will add the musculature in order to understand how the muscles, ligaments, joints and rigid structures work together to produce functional movements and where movement may break down.

Moving down the body we will investigate the integration of the axial skeleton with the apendicular skeleton via the pelvis. Particular focus will look at the shape of the hip joint and the structures which allow it to function as a stable but highly mobile joint. We will add the key musculature in order to understand how the muscles, ligaments, joints and rigid structures work together to produce functional movements and where movement may break down.

We will then progress to the knee joint with its unique structural characteristics which allows it to bear extreme loads. We will add the key musculature in order to understand how the muscles, ligaments, joints and rigid structures work together to produce functional movements and where movement may break down.

The ankle and foot provide the final collection of joints which permit a variety of movements unique to humans. We will add the key musculature in order to understand how the muscles, ligaments, joints and rigid structures work together to produce functional movements and where movement may break down.

Progressing on to the shoulder, our most mobile but least stable joint and the vast array of movements it allows. We will add the key musculature in order to understand how the muscles, ligaments, joints and rigid structures work together to produce functional movements and where movement may break down.

We will complete our investigation of the skeletal system and its relationship with the neuromuscular system with the lower arm including the elbow wrist and hands. Again the unique structure of the joints and their interrelationship with the muscular system allow for a wide variety of tasks to be performed from fine motor to high strength tasks.

Finally we look at the ribs and breathing mechanics in order to understand how breathing can impact on function before investigating the 'Core', which muscles make up the core, the importance of the pelvic floor and diaphragm in 'core' control and how the entire body is linked via the network of connective tissue known as the thoracolumbar fascia.

In this topic we take a brief look at the anatomy of the Nervous system and how voluntary movement is controlled, the complexity of information that needs to be integrated in order to plan and successfully execute a movement.

While nervous control of the musculoskeletal system is generally well appreciated we also need to have an understanding of the endocrine system and how this slower method of message delivery is fundamental in the adapatation of the musculoskeletal system. We will look specifically at testosterone and thyroid hormone and some of the mechanisms of action of these hormones in the neuromusculoskeletal system.

In this topic we look at how the structure of the muscle itself influences the amount of force it can produce, and the speed at which it can contract.

In this topic we look specifically at adapatation of the neuromusculoskeletal system, how specific stimulus leads to specific adaptation, the acute and chronic adapatations that are associated with exercising and the effects of unloading.

In this topic we consolidate everything we have learned and look at how anatomy may differ and influence prescription at various milestones throughout the lifespan. We look specifically at children and adolescence and aging. The female athlete will be introduced looking at the hormone cycle and how that influences adapatation and performance.

Approved on: Mar 9, 2021. Edition: 4.5