SSEH1101 The Musculoskeletal System and Movement

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit covers the following areas of study: (1) human movement—introduction to the anatomical basis of human movement via a series of lectures concurrently demonstrated by laboratory and field experiences; and (2) musculoskeletal anatomy—the principles of gross functional anatomy with special reference to the locomotor system.
Students are able to (1) describe the structure and understand the function of the human skeletal and muscular systems; (2) understand and recall the biomechanical responses of bone, tendon and ligament tissue to loading and immobilisation; (3) locate, name and describe the function of major bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and peripheral nerves in the human body; and (4) devise safe and appropriate stretching and strengthening exercises for each major muscle group.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) anatomy theory examination; (2) a laboratory examination; and (3) a practical assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Grant Landers and Dr Nat Benjanuvatra
Unit rules
SSEH1108 Functional Anatomy Foundations for Podiatry; HMES1108 Functional Anatomy Foundations for Podiatry
Approved quota: 400—students enrolled in the Sport Science major and the Exercise and Health major to be admitted first
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week (average); labs: 3 hours per week (average)
Examining preserved human material is an integral and compulsory part of the practical work in this unit. An anatomy licence must be obtained via the unit coordinator if students are not studying ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human concurrently. In addition, students require a white laboratory coat.

Ackland, T. et al. Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics in Sport, 2nd edn: Human Kinetics 2009
Ackland, T. SSEH1101 Gross Anatomy Laboratory Manual
Saladin, K. S. Anatomy and Physiology, 7th edn: McGraw-Hill 2015

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