HLTH06024 2019 Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology

General Details

Full Title
Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology
Transcript Title
Functional Anatomy and Kinesio
75 %
Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Edwenia OMalley
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Physiology SG_SHEAL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Science and Physical Activity SG_SHEAL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Health and Exercise Science

The module allows students to gain an understanding of the structure and function of normal human anatomy while providing a basis for the understanding and analysis of posture and normal human movement. It encourages students to apply their knowledge of anatomy in a practical setting. Topics covered include but not limited to: 

  • Universally accepted anatomical terminology and assessment of human movement with reference to such terminology.
  • Assessment and analysis of human posture e.g. normal and abnormal postures, postural types.
  • Introduction to the assessment of functional movement and training approaches. 
  • Identification and accurate palpation of upper and lower limb osseous, ligamentous, joint and muscular structures.
  • Review and present common musculoskeletal injury mechanisms, assessment and treatments. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate a good level of knowledge of principles of functional anatomy, normal human movement patterns, and postural alignment assessment.


Describe and apply appropriate tests to measure functional movement patterns that may contribute to injuries in the spine and peripheral joints or affect performance of sporting/daily activities.


In groups, plan and design a presentation of the injury mechanism, and treatment techniques; for a specific soft tissue injury.


Demonstrate an ability to identify functional anatomy and demonstrate joint range of movement. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module will adopt a practical student centred approach. This approach will provide opportunity for identifying anatomical features of the human body in a real life learning environment. Such experiences will enrich the student's application of anatomical terminology and assessment of movement experience.  This approach will informally develop students soft skills in terms of interacting with people. Principles and theories will be presented and explained in lectures and explored further in practicals. Students will be encouraged to actively participate in practicals through the use of case studies of practical working examples and through discussion. Students will work independently in presenting evidence based exercise prescription plans and will receive feedback on their progress from the lecturer and their peers.  

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 65% Continuous Assessment and 35% Final Exam. A variety of different assessment methods will be used to suit a variety of learning styles including practical, short answer/multiple choice questions, group presentations and a final exam. 

Repeat Assessments

A student may repeat all or part of the continuous assessment and/or the final exam where they have met the 75% minimum attendance at practicals.

If a student fails to meet the 75% minimum attendance, they will be recommended to repeat-attend the practicals.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

  • Functional anatomy related to the spine, and peripheral joints.
  • Movement patterns in the spinal and peripheral joints.
  • Functional activities and training.
  • Common soft tissue injuries.
  • Mechanisms that contribute to spinal and peripheral joint injuries.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
65 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
35 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Presentation Sports Injuries Continuous Assessment Group Project 15 % Week 4 3
2 Multiple Choice Moodle Quiz Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % Week 6 1,2
3 Practical Evaluation Skills Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 35 % Week 12 2,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 35 % End of Term 1,2

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical Science Laboratory Physiology Lab 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2011-08-01 Manual of Structural Kinesiology McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 9780078022517 ISBN-13 9780078022517
Recommended Reading
2017-12-04 Introduction to Kinesiology 5th Edition with Web Study Guide: Studying Physical Activity Human Kinetics Publishers
ISBN 9781492549925 ISBN-13 9781492549925

Introduction to Kinesiology: Studying Physical Activity, Fifth Edition With Web Study Guide, gives students a complete overview of the field of kinesiology and explores the common career paths, questions, and ideas that are part of this dynamic and expanding discipline.

Recommended Reading
2000-11-07 Sports Injuries: Third Edition: Their Prevention and Treatment CRC Press
ISBN 1853171190 ISBN-13 9781853171192

This popular handbook, comprehensively covers the prevention treatment of sports injuries, and is thus essential reading for all athletes, trainers, physio-therapists and doctors. The book covers all international sports and features extensive use of action photos. The authors are eminent in international sports committees.

Recommended Reading
2012-01-01 BRUKNER & KHANS CLINICAL SPORTS MEDICINE McGraw-Hill Education / Australia
ISBN 9780070998131 ISBN-13 9780070998131

Title: Brukner & Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: Khan, Karim <>Publisher: MCGRAW-HILL Professional

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Austin, K. & Gwynn-Brett, K. A. (1994) Illustrated Guide to Taping Techniques, St. Louis : Mosby

Floyd, R.T. (2009)  Manual of Structural Kinesiology, 17th Ed., Boston : McGraw-Hill Higher Education

Hoffman, S. J. (2005)  Introduction to Kinesiology, 2nd Ed., Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics

Peterson, L. & Renström, P. (2001) Sports Injuries: Their Prevention and Treatment, 3rd Ed., London : Martin Dunitz 

Journal Resources

Will be referred to in class if needed. 

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