ESSC12010 - Functional Anatomy

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The development of foundation knowledge and competencies in functional anatomy complements anatomy and physiology units and provides the cornerstone to manual assessment of musculoskeletal conditions. This unit will provide you with the knowledge necessary to identify and describe the structural and functional requirements of the musculoskeletal system in relation to human motion for a variety of activities. The unit will develop your understanding of the anatomy of the limbs and the functional principles underpinning movement and posture, including an understanding of the performance aspects of muscle, joints, and the mechanics of movement. You will develop skills in manual location and assessment of musculoskeletal structures as they apply to rehabilitation, exercise conditioning, and general movement.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite: BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1 


Co-requisite: BMSC11010 Human Anatomy and Physiology

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 3 - 2022

Term 2 - 2023 Profile
Mackay City
Mixed Mode

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. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Presentation 30%
3. Practical Assessment 20%
4. Written Assessment 30%

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

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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Define anatomical terms and identify structures using anatomical models, images, and surface anatomy.
  2. Using principles of kinesiology, identify and explain the relationships between anatomical structures, movement, and function.
  3. Analyse exercises to identify muscles that are involved in producing and controlling movement.
  4. Perform movement and postural assessments, and prescribe corrective exercises to address asymmetries or improve exercise performance.

The Learning Outcomes and Assessment tasks are aligned with Graduate Outcomes as outlined by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

This course is designed to encompass both theoretical and practical aspects of functional anatomy. The course lectures will cover the theoretical knowledge related to the subject matter. The practical laboratory/workshop sessions will then build on the theoretical knowledge gained during the lectures and allow students to gain experience in identifying, locating and assessing muscular actions across a range of movement activities. Assessments for this course will be based on the development of a muscle portfolio and a practical video demonstration of a muscular assessment of movement. Students will also sit an examination of the theoretical knowledge gained about the musculo-skeletal system. The assessment pieces will allow students to gain a comprehensive knowledge necessary to identify the structural and functional requirements of the musculo-skeletal system

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Presentation
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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