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Functional Human Anatomy (EXS206)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Description This unit will provide students with knowledge of the anatomy of the human body with a particular focus on systems related to human movement. Specifically students will examine the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary and nervous systems. Throughout the unit students will be introduced to how these systems perform functionally during human movement as well as how structural damage can influence how humans move and perform.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate knowledge of anatomical terms and directions.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the main bones of the skeletal system, including articulations between them and important bony landmarks.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the main muscles involved in human movement, including their origin and insertion points, and action upon the skeleton.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of the major nerves and blood vessels of the upper and lower body.
5. Demonstrate the ability to critique and appropriately classify human movement.
6. Demonstrate the ability to determine the contributions of specific muscles during human movement.
7. Demonstrate the ability to apply anatomical knowledge to determine potential causes of specific injuries and conditions.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week (online); Tutorials: 2 hours per week; Surface Anatomy Laboratories: 1.5 hours per fortnight; Gross Anatomy Laboratories: 3 x 1.5 hours during the semester.
Unit Learning Experiences Content for this unit will be delivered using both traditional face-to-face contact and the use of video-based lectures. Students will be asked to view two to six videos per week (15 to 20 minutes in duration each) which will form the basis for discussion during weekly tutorial sessions and provide the content base for laboratory learning. Face-to-face contact will be delivered through a two hour tutorial each week, a 1.5 hour surface anatomy laboratory each fortnight, and 3 x 1.5 hour gross anatomy laboratory (wet laboratory) classes. Tutorials will focus on function and integration of anatomical structures within human movement. This will use a problem-based learning approach set in small and larger group discussion. During surface anatomy labs student will work collaboratively to identify anatomical structures on each other to support both their anatomical learning and to develop skills for future practice. Finally, students will undertake 2 gross anatomy laboratories during the semester in order to develop their understanding of the anatomy of specific structures and how these structures relate to each other within the human body. These laboratories will use a mixture of anatomic models and cadaveric material.
Assessment Content in this unit will be assessed through online quizzes, a laboratory booklet, and practical and theory examinations. These include final practical and final theory examinations. Feedback on exams will be provided by the unit coordinator or one of the content lecturers in this unit, unless advised otherwise.

Assessment Item 1: Weekly Quizzes- 10%
Assessment Item 2: Laboratory Questions - 20%
Assessment Item 3: Practical Exam - 30%
Assessment Item 4: Final Theory Exam - 40%
Prerequisites BMS101 Introduction to the Human Body
Exclusions CHI281 Human Anatomy 1; CHI282 Human Anatomy 2; CHI255 Human Anatomy 2; CHI234 Human Anatomy 3
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Brendan Scott
Senior Lecturer in Exercise Science

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6575
e: Brendan.Scott@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.020 - Building 440, Murdoch Campus
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