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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Pre-requisites

BIO01302 - Human Anatomy

Unit aim

Provides detailed study of the musculoskeletal system in relation to functional anatomy and biomechanical principles for human movement, in the context of health, disease, injury and ageing. Develops the ability to perform musculoskeletal movement analyses from a functional anatomy perspective.

Unit content

This unit will cover:
Functional musculoskeletal anatomy for the upper limb, neck & trunk, lower limb;
Tissue mechanics and mechanical properties of bone, cartilage, ligament, tendon & muscle;
Practical exercises in performing anatomical identification from surface anatomy and for performing musculoskeletal movement analyses involving the upper limb, neck & trunk, lower limb.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of the general mechanical properties of biological tissues and apply this knowledge to the mechanical properties of bone, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and muscle Knowledge of a discipline
2 understand the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system in relation to human movement Knowledge of a discipline
3 demonstrate a detailed knowledge of muscle actions and synergies in human movement Knowledge of a discipline
4 show an ability to analyse movement at specific joints from kinesiological principles Knowledge of a discipline
5 determine the structural and functional parameters associated with posture and core stability Knowledge of a discipline
6 demonstrate an understanding of the structural factors associated with musculoskeletal and joint injury. Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the general mechanical properties of biological tissues and apply this knowledge to the mechanical properties of bone, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and muscle
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. understand the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system in relation to human movement
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. demonstrate a detailed knowledge of muscle actions and synergies in human movement
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. show an ability to analyse movement at specific joints from kinesiological principles
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. determine the structural and functional parameters associated with posture and core stability
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the structural factors associated with musculoskeletal and joint injury.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Neumann, DA, 2010, Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System. Foundations for Physical Rehabilitation, 2nd edn, Mosby Elsevier, St. Louis, Mo. ISBN: 9780323039895.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.