Functional Anatomy - SPOR3260

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


The main aims of this module are to provide students with the knowledge and ability to explore and gain knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics. Students will learn to describe the structure and function of the major bones, joints, muscles and soft tissue structures of the lower limb, upper limb and trunk. Students will also be able to describe the basic movements of the body.
Students will cover the name, placement and movement of bones and muscles of the lower limb, upper limb and trunk.

The method of course delivery will include seminars and workshops and private study. Seminars will involve group discussion based on directed reading, workshops will involve practical group work where anatomical structures will be identified. The contact hours (made up by the seminars and workshops) in which the intended learning outcomes will be covered. The remainder of the time will be devoted to private study for reinforcement of knowledge. The seminars and workshops will use practical group work to help students locate, identify and observe the bony and muscular structures of the human body. Practical group work will be followed up in the directed study using reading and online resources


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 44
Private study hours: 106
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

In-course test (autumn term) 90 minutes– 20%
Summer Examination 2 hours – 80%

Indicative reading

Floyd, R.T. (2006). Manual of structural kinesiology.16th edn. New York: McGraw Hill.

Netter, F.H. (2006). Atlas of human anatomy. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders/Elsevier.

Milner, C.E. (2008). Functional anatomy for sport and exercise quick reference. London, New York : Routledge.

Stone, R. & Stone, J. (2005) Atlas of the Skeletal Muscles. 5th Ed. Boston. McGraw-Hill.

Tank, P.W., Gest, T.R. (2009) Atlas of Anatomy Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Identify the major bones, muscles and joints of the human body.
2. Describe the basic movements of the body.
3. Relate the interrelationship of human anatomical structure and function.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Communication skills – through the ability to demonstrate written communication of learning during the final exam.
2. Problem solving – achieved through the identification of different movement patterns of joints by working logically through the constraints of muscle contraction and planes of movement.
3. Ability to plan and manage learning – through completing self-directed study necessary to successfully complete the required assessments and tasks set during this module.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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