ALLH12008 - Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with a comprehensive overview of functional anatomy and applied biomechanics, with a focus on understanding the determinants of human movement and locomotion. The unit will build upon your existing knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology, and develop your skills in qualitative and quantitative assessment of human movement, to better understand musculoskeletal injury mechanisms and rehabilitation strategies.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

To enrol in this unit you must be enrolled in the CB85 Course and meet the following pre-requisites and co-requisites:


  • BMSC11007 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • BMSC11008 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • PSIO11003 Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice 2


  • PSIO12001 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. In-class Test(s) 20%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. In-class Test(s) 50%
4. On-campus Activity 0%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 61.11% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 42.86% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student Feedback - Have Your Say
Students commented on how valuable the practical sessions were in consolidating the theoretical knowledge covered in lectures.
It is recommended that the current format and content of the practical sessions continue and be refined as needed to ensure student engagement and learning.
Action Taken
Practical sessions were reviewed and changed to provide additional clinical practical learning tasks aligned with physiotherapy practice, including therapeutic taping and exercise prescription.
Source: Student Feedback - Have Your Say
Some students found it difficult to access supportive resources on Moodle
It is recommended that the Moodle 'tile' format be adopted in 2022 and that all essential resource links are easily accessible in this format.
Action Taken
The tile format was adopted in 2022.
Source: SUTE
Key lecture slides were highlighted using an exclamation mark to help students focus their study. Some students were concerned that the In-Class tests examined lecture material not highlighted using this system.
It is recommended that the exclamation system used for lecture slides be removed as it may be giving students the false-sense that only content presented in these slides is examinable.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE and personal communication
Students enjoyed the practical sessions and highlighted the efforts made to scaffold the content with the co-requisite unit (PSIO12001)
It is recommended that the practical sessions continue to be reviewed and refined to ensure engagement and consolidation of material covered in lectures and in the co-requisite unit (PSIO12001).
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate sound knowledge of structural and functional anatomy in the context of human movement, injury and rehabilitation
  2. Explain and interpret key biomechanical principles and measurement techniques in the context of human movement, injury and rehabilitation
  3. Select, perform and interpret qualitative and/or quantitative assessments of functional anatomy and applied biomechanics relevant to physiotherapy practice
  4. Demonstrate acceptable professional and ethical behaviours consistent with a physiotherapy practitioner and community leader.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - In-class Test(s)
4 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - In-class Test(s)
4 - On-campus Activity