ESSC13007 - Functional Anatomy

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The development of foundation knowledge and competencies in functional anatomy complements previous 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 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1, BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2, AND ESSC12004 Exercise and Sport Biomechanics

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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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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) 40%
2. Presentation 30%
3. Practical Assessment 0%
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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 35.71% 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: Have Your Say Survey
Assessment Tasks reflected learning content and were based on real-world scenairos.
It is recommended that the Assessment Tasks remain relevant to the content, and continue to be practical in nature to reflect real-world application.
Action Taken
Due to COVID-19 assessment tasks had to be modified but the practical nature was still upheld with students recording and instructing a subject to perform a specific ROM or exercise. This way content still remained relevant, even though there were no hands-on lab sessions.
Source: Have Your Say Survey
Some learning content was covered after the Residential School/Assessment Due date.
The timing of the Residential School makes it difficult to cover all content. It is recommended that previous years content (i.e. Lecture recordings) are made available for students at the beginning of Term for their own learning and reflection, prior to the Residential School.
Action Taken
Due to COVID-19, face-to-face teaching was not possible. However, a fully on-line residential school was trialed in 2020 and the assessment that usually took place during the residential school was taken into an online exam during exam week. This was to allow the students time to cover all the content.
Source: Have your say survey
Needed more support and focused lecture material surrounding physical tasks. Felt very unsupported with regards to palpation and practical tasks, there was not enough lecture time dedicated to these skills.
It is recommended to provide more focussed content in lab sessions and step-by-step video resources to assist students in palpation, range of motion and exercise tasks.
Action Taken
Source: Have your say survey
Given the challenges with COVID-19 and the move to put the labs online, I thought this was done well. The use of breakout rooms provided an opportunity for good discussion in small groups which students seemed to embrace. I really enjoyed the labs.
It is recommended to utilise online labs and breakout rooms to complement the face-to-face labs in future delivery of this unit.
Action Taken
Source: Have your say survey
Assessment tasks were great
In 2020 alternative assessment tasks were introduced, which still met the learning outcomes of the unit. It is recommended that these alternative tasks are weaved into the unit for delivery in 2021 and beyond.
Action Taken
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).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Presentation
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
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
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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