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SPSC1107 Functional Anatomy for Sports Scientists

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Ruth Norman

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module


To provide students with an basic understanding of the anatomy of the Human musculoskeletal system.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
- use basic anatomical terminology to describe position and movement;
- describe the basic structure and function of connective tissues, cartilage, bone, muscle, ligaments and tendons;
- identify the bones of the vertebral column, thoracic cage, upper and lower limbs, pelvic and pectoral girdle;
- describe their major bony landmarks and functions;
- describe the structure and function of the different types of bone joints and be able to give named examples;
- demonstrate knowledge of the main anatomical features of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle joint, and
- describe the type of each joint and the movements possible at each joint;
- identify the main muscles involved in movement of the upper limb, pectoral girdle, lower limb and pelvic girdle, and describe their function(s);
- discuss the anatomy surrounding given examples of common sports injuries.

Skills outcomes
Experience of EMQ-based examination.


- A taught (10 credit) module that provides an overview of the structure and function of the human musculoskeletal system.
- Areas to be covered include: basic anatomical terminology, connective tissues (bone, cartilage, muscle, tendons and ligaments), joints types and joint function, the upper limb (pectoral girdle, shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand), lower limb (pelvic girdle, hip, thigh, knee, calf, ankle and foot) and trunk (vertebral column and thorax).
- The anatomy of common sporting injuries that relate to the anatomy being considered will be discussed where appropriate.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours84.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- 56 hours: reading for lectures and practicals
- 27 hours: preparation for Assessments
- 1 hour: class tests, exams and assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

In-course MCQ.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQ.80.00
In-course AssessmentAssessment of in-course posters/quizes etc20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/12/2021


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