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This unit includes the identification of the major structures of the skeletal, muscular, joints, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory systems and examination of their functions; developing the student's ability to link function to structure. In addition, kinesiological concepts that assist in the determination of joint actions of muscles are covered. The unit will be studied with a regional anatomy orientation.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Locate and articulate (on plastic models and diagrams) the major structures of the skeletal, muscular, joint, nervous, respiratory and cardiovascular systems;  
  2. Explain the function of the major structures of the skeletal, muscular, joint, nervous, respiratory and cardiovascular systems;  
  3. Analyse the links between body/anatomical structure and function; and  
  4. Adapt kinesiological concepts to explain muscle actions based on position and orientation of muscle.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Short online tests on skeletal system, muscles and joints - 3 progressive assessments 30%
Assignment Production of blog page of information on a specific upper or lower limb joint (individual) 20%
Assignment Presentation and production of collaborative group blog on joint and other anatomical structures 20%
Exercise Final practical exercise to identify structures and the function of the various systems of the body 30%

Required reading

Human anatomy, 8th edn,
Marieb et al 2017,
Pearson Benjamin Cummings.

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