Functional Anatomy for Exercise Science


Functional anatomy extends knowledge gained in the foundation anatomy course focusing on the musculoskeletal system and the analysis of movement. A comprehensive coverage of the musculoskeletal system, articulations and the neural system is undertaken. The application of kinesiological principles to the analysis of movement and the description of movement in anatomical terms will be undertaken.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the components of the musculoskeletal system of the human body;

2. Palpate and mark anatomical landmarks;

3. Identify kinesiological principles to explain movement and analyse movement in anatomical terms;

4. Describe the effects of exercise, immobilisation and injury on the musculoskeletal system;

5. Discuss the role of body proportions on sport performance and talent identification;

6. Analyse results from anthropometric, flexibility and posture testing and present a summary of actions required.


  • Structure of the skeletal, muscular, articular and neural systems
  • Kinesiological principles and movement
  • Analysis of normal and abnormal movement
  • Kinanthropmetry, proportionality and physical performance
  • Exercise and injury effects on the musculoskeletal system
  • Application to fitness, sport, and the workplace

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): SPOR2040. Students who have successfully completed SPOR2040 are not eligible to enrol in EXSS1040.

Assumed Knowledge

HUBS1108 Musculoskeletal Anatomy HUBS1403 Biomedical Science Part 1 EXSS1010 or SPOR1010 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science

Assessment Items

Formal Examination: Examination Class Examination Formal

Presentation: Group Presentation

In Term Test: Practical Exam

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend 80% of scheduled laboratories.

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term