Availabilities:

LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs HarbourSession 2Session 2
Gold CoastSession 2Session 2
LismoreSession 2Session 2

Unit description

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

  • Functional musculoskeletal anatomy for the upper limb, neck and trunk, lower limb;
  • Tissue mechanics and mechanical properties of bone, cartilage, ligament, tendon and muscle;
  • Practical exercises in performing anatomical identification from surface anatomy and for performing musculoskeletal movement analyses involving the upper limb, neck and trunk, lower limb;
  • Biomechanical and kinesiological factors for disease and injury in the musculoskeletal system.

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:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate a detailed knowledge of muscle actions and synergies in the human musculoskeletal systemIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2identify structures using surface anatomy landmarks and featuresIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3conduct basic musculoskeletal movement and postural analysesIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
4demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system in the context of human movement, exercise and injuryIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
5demonstrate an understanding of the mechanical properties of biological tissues and apply this knowledge to the mechanical properties of bone, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and muscle, in the context of exercise, immobilization, ageing and injury.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline

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

  1. demonstrate a detailed knowledge of muscle actions and synergies in the human musculoskeletal system
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. identify structures using surface anatomy landmarks and features
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. conduct basic musculoskeletal movement and postural analyses
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system in the context of human movement, exercise and injury
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the mechanical properties of biological tissues and apply this knowledge to the mechanical properties of bone, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and muscle, in the context of exercise, immobilization, ageing and injury.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Biel, A, 2014, Trail Guide to the Body. A hands-on guide to locating muscles, bones, and more, 5th edn, Books of Discovery, Boulder, CO, USA. ISBN: 9780982978658.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Laboratory session 1 hour/week (4 wks)
Lecture online 1 hour/week (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours/week (6 wks)
Laboratory session 3.5 hours (2 wks)
Assessment
Exam: practical30%
Exam: practical30%
Exam: closed book40%

Teaching method
Laboratory session 2 hours/week
Lecture online 1 hour/week (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours/week
Assessment
Exam: practical30%
Exam: practical30%
Exam: closed book40%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour/week (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours/week
Laboratory session 2 hours/week
Assessment
Exam: practical30%
Exam: practical30%
Exam: closed book40%
Notice

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
For POSTGRADUATE or UNDERGRADUATE full fee paying courses please check Domestic Postgraduate Fees OR Domestic Undergraduate Fees

International

Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.

+