Unit description

Provides detailed study of the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems in relation to their functions in human movement. Develops knowledge that is essential to the understanding of how the forces that are produced by muscle contraction are used to produce movement and how these forces are used with maximum efficiency for everyday living motor skills and for rehabilitation.

Unit content

Topic 1 Material properties of biological tissues
Topic 2 Mechanics of joint function, tendons and ligaments
Topic 3 Biomechanics of skeletal muscle
Topic 4 The shoulder complex
Topic 5 The elbow, forearm and hand
Topic 6 The head and spine
Topic 7 Core stability
Topic 8 The pelvis and hip
Topic 9 The knee
Topic 10 The ankle and foot
Topic 11 Posture

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • 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.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours/week (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour/week (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 1 hour/week (12 weeks)
Exam: practical45%
Exam: closed book55%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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