This unit will highlight the relevance of functional and clinical anatomy to health and healing will be highlighted through a detailed study of the mechanics and muscles affecting the movement of joints in the body. This information will be presented and highlighted to students through the study of a number of different areas including kinesiology, biomechanics, gait analysis, posture, massage, muscle testing, exercise, stretching, basic soft tissue techniques, and awareness through movement and posture. There will be a particular emphasis on muscle testing and surface anatomy.

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RBM1200 - Functional Anatomy of the Limbs or

AHE1101 - Structural Kinesiology and

AHE2202 - Functional Kinesiology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the anatomical principles and theory behind spinal and orthopaedic injury and pain;  
  2. Perform practical hands-on tests on another class member to assess muscles and joints of the spine, trunk and extremities and interpret the results;  
  3. Perform practical hands-on tests on another class member to assess the hip, knee and shoulder joints and interpret results; and  
  4. Explain the anatomical principles and theory behind a graduated rehabilitation program to return an individual to pre-injury function.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Written Assignment (1000 words) 30%
Test Practical Test (15 minutes) 20%
Test Theory Test (2 hours) 50%

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