Course Outline

SPX201 Functional Anatomy

Course Coordinator:Max Stuelcken ( School:School of Health - Sport and Exercise Science

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Functional Anatomy uses the basic structural knowledge provided in Human Anatomy to develop an understanding of the functional significance of the structures of the musculoskeletal system, within a movement setting (covering mechanical properties and functional characteristics).  In addition to normal function, mechanisms of and adaptations to, common injuries, disease and rehabilitation is discussed.  Although this course covers areas of dysfunction and the biological effects of rehabilitation, it is NOT a course in clinical anatomy, or musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Pre-prepared learning materials across a range of formats 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Discussion of learning materials 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Laboratory 1 – Application of learning materials through practical tasks and activities 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Mechanical properties of the musculo-skeletal system

Functional anatomy of the upper extremity (shoulder, elbow, and wrist)

Functional anatomy of the spine, trunk, pelvis, and hip

Functional Anatomy of the lower extremity (knee, ankle, and foot)

Introduction to typical walking gait, its development, and changes across the lifespan

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Describe human movement using the appropriate terms and concepts to allow effective communication with colleagues and fellow practitioners. Knowledgeable
2 Explain how the basic mechanical properties of the structures of the musculo-skeletal system relate to their different functional roles during human movement. Empowered
3 Follow a structured process to identify the roles of, and relationships between, structures of the musculo-skeletal system during human movement. Knowledgeable
4 Read and interpret research relating to the functional anatomy of the of the musculo-skeletal system during human movement. Creative and critical thinker
5 Recognize some of the functional changes that occur in the musculo-skeletal system due to injury, illness, or impairment. Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.




Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

The first of the study block quizzes will take place in week 4. Prior to each quiz, study questions with feedback will be provided to help you prepare for each quiz. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 45%
35 minutes each
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Practical / Laboratory Skills Individual 30%
Completed over the course of the semester
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Submission
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 25%
90 minutes
Exam Period Online Test (Quiz)
All - Assessment Task 1:Quizzes
These quizzes will enable you to demonstrate your ability to identify the basic biomechanical properties of the structures of the musculo-skeletal system, describe human movement, and identify the roles and explain relationships between structures of the musculo-skeletal system during human movement.
Product: Quiz/zes
Submit: Weeks 4, 6, 8, 12, 13

There will be five quizzes throughout the semester. Each quiz will require a response to a combination of different question types. The content for each quiz will be sourced from any of the learning materials for the corresponding study block.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Use of correct terms and concepts
Explanation of how the basic mechanical properties of structures such as bone, cartilage, muscle, tendon, and ligaments relate to their different functional roles during human movement
2 5
Identification of the roles of, and relationships between, structures of the musculo-skeletal system during human movement
3 5
Conveyance of information clearly and succinctly
All - Assessment Task 2:Applied functional anatomy workbook
This task has been designed to enable you to develop your functional anatomy communication skills and apply functional anatomy knowledge to different scenarios. This workbook also enables you to demonstrate your competency of key professional skills and practices.
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills
The workbook will be able to be purchased from MAPS. The workbook contains tasks and activities that will require you to demonstrate practical skills, collect and interpret data, analyse human movement, discuss the effect of injury, illness and impairment on human movement and function, and answer questions related to material on each study block. Most of these tasks and activities can be completed within class. However, some tasks and activities may need to be completed online and/or outside of the scheduled class times. It will often be beneficial to prepare for some of the tasks and activities prior to coming to class. Some tasks and activities may require you to work collaboratively with your peers. Some form of workbook submission will be required in weeks 3-13 to check your understanding of the tasks and activities.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Reading and interpretation of research relating to the functional anatomy of the of the musculo-skeletal system during human movement
4 5
Use of a structured approach to reasoning when identifying exercises for muscles
Effective communication using correct terms and concepts
Conveyance of information clearly and succinctly
All - Assessment Task 3:Examination
To assess your ability to apply the information that you have learnt throughout the course to real world practical scenarios
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
The structure may consist of a variety of different question types.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Description of human movement using the correct terms and concepts
Identification of the basic mechanical properties of structures such as bone, cartilage, muscle, tendon, and ligaments
Explanation of relationships between structures of the musculo-skeletal system during human movement
3 5
Follow a structured process to determine the role of muscles in different movement tasks
3 5
Convey information clearly and succinctly

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Recommended Donald A. Neumann 2017 Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System (3rd edition) Elsevier
Recommended Carol A. Oatis 2017 Kinesiology: the mechanics and pathomechanics of human movement (3rd edition) Wolters Kluwer

Specific requirements

It will be beneficial to have a USB memory stick / flash drive (at least 4GB) for this and future courses so you can compile the relevant learning materials. These can be purchased relatively cheaply (less than $15 from most major outlets).

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all studio and laboratory classes and a low level of health and safety risk exists. Some risk concerns may include equipment, instruments, and tools; as well as manual handling items within the laboratory. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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