Functional Kinesiology

Unit code: AHE2202 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
AHE1101 - Structural Kinesiology
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit focuses on the structure and function of major joints and muscles of the human body, applying concepts of biomechanics, anatomy and musculoskeletal tissue physiology to understanding a movement as relevant to exercise and sport science. Theory and practical classes emphasise understanding functional kinesiology through applied examples and practical classes undertaking various exercise modalities (e.g. movement preparation, stretching, sprinting, movement-specific accessory resistance exercises), in order to learn and apply functional kinesiology knowledge and skills to movement; and appropriately coach and prescribe for prehabilitation, rehab, health and wellness, and exercise/sports performance.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Interpret the structure and function of the components of the human musculoskeletal system;
  2. Review the causes and consequences of various impairments to the musculoskeletal system;
  3. Investigate the techniques used for kinesiological analysis and identify applications and limitations;
  4. Analyse the findings of functional kinesiology research; and
  5. Qualitatively analyse movement patterns and describe joint and muscle actions.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
Two short progressive tests on musculoskeletal system structure and function (10% and 20%)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 15%
Online journal article analysis
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 55%
Qualitative movement analysis written report (25%; done individually) and group presentation (30%)

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

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