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Module Title
Anatomy and Kinesiology

bones; joints; muscles; movements

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedApril 2015
ApprovedSeptember 2015
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

None (in addition to course entry requirements).

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To provide students with the key anatomical knowledge of the musculoskeletal system necessary to conduct analysis of human movement.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Identify the surface markings of the human skeleton and relate to underlying anatomy.
2. Describe and classify the joints of the human body and relate structure to function.
3. Identify the location and describe the action of the major muscles of the human body.
4. Analyse, at a basic level, the joint movements and muscle action of simple activities.

Indicative Module Content

Bones of the axial and appendicular skeleton; body planes; directional terms and movements; anatomical landmarks; categories (fibrous, cartilaginous, synovial) and classifications (ball and socket, hinge, ellipsoid/condylar, saddle) of joints and the relationship between the structure and function of each; major muscles of the human body (their names, locations, orientations, origins, insertions and actions); basic movement analysis including joint movements, types of muscle contraction (concentric, eccentric and isometric) and muscles involved.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study



Private Study



Mode of Delivery

Online resources supported with face to face tutorials and practical sessions.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4

Observed Structured Practical Exam

Indicative Bibliography

1.PALASTANGA, N. & SOAMES, R., 2012. Anatomy & Human Movement Structure and Function. 6th ed. London: Churchill Livingston.
2.TORTORA, G.J. & DERRICKSON, B.H. 2014. Principles of Anatomy and Physiology. 14th ed. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons.
3.KAPIT, W. & ELSON, L.M. 2013. The Anatomy Colouring Book. 4th ed. London: Pearson.
4.DRAKE, R., VOGL, W. & MITCHELL, A. 2104. Gray’s Anatomy for Students. 3rd ed. London: Churchill Livingston.

Additional Notes

A pass will not normally be awarded for this module unless the student has attended a minimum of 80% of all learning opportunities.

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