Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course consists of two components aimed at providing students with knowledge in musculoskeletal anatomy, the relationships between physical activity and sporting performance, and how physical performance can be optimised and injuries minimized through an understanding of physical principles.

1. A series of lectures, demonstrations and laboratories on the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system as it relates to sporting activities. Emphasis is placed on bony, ligamentous and muscular structures that are most likely to be used or damaged in sporting activities.

2 . A series of lectures, demonstrations and laboratories which examine how physical activity and sporting performance can be analysed using basic laws of physics and mechanics. Main topics include muscle actions, joint movements, rectilinear motion, simple mechanics and the biomechanical analysis of specific sporting skills.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Obtain an understanding of the human skeleton, including the names of major bones and their surface projections.

2. Obtain an understanding of the muscles of the human body with emphasis placed on the factors that contribute to joint stability.

3. Be aware of the location of major peripheral nerves and blood vessels of the limbs.

4. Understand the patterns of muscle activation that are likely to be observed in activities, such as walking, swimming, throwing, etc.

5. Provide students with a basic understanding of the scientific principles of biomechanics and movement

6. Enable students to apply their knowledge of movement to a range of teaching/coaching situations

7. Provide student with skills which they can use to analyze and improve athletic performance.


  1. Introduction to anatomy/bone structure, names of bones, bone markings
  2. Joints and muscles - overview, stability
  3. Upper limb musculature
  4. Lower limb musculature
  5. Peripheral nerves and blood vessels of the limbs
  6. Vertebral column, back muscles, muscles of thorax and abdomen
  7. Anatomical relationship of sports injuries
  8. Introduction to physical sciences
  9. Types of motion
  10. Vectors and scalars
  11. Uniform accelerated motion
  12. Projectile motion
  13. Angular motion
  14. Force, Impulse and Momentum
  15. Pressure, Work and Energy
  16. Drag forces
  17. Centre of gravity and stability


To enrol in this course students must be active in one of the following programs: 12218, 12370, 40107 or 40108.

Assessment items

In Term Test: End of term laboratory exam (Anatomy) and written theory exam (Physical Sciences)

In Term Test: Laboratory Exam

Written Assignment: Tutorial Assignments

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Reports

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 17 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks