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HL10034: Functional anatomy

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department for Health
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Test 1 (CW 50% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
  • Test 2 (CW 50% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
* Classify and identify skeletal bones and muscles.
* Describe the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system.
* Demonstrate an understanding of muscle actions in human movements.

Aims: To develop a basic understanding of the human musculo-skeletal system and the relationship between structure and function.

Skills: Knowledge and Understanding - taught, facilitated and assessed
Intellectual Skills - facilitated and assessed
Spoken communication - facilitated
Information Technology - taught and facilitated
Problem Solving - taught, facilitated and assessed
Working Independently - facilitated and assessed
Working as part of a group - facilitated.

Content: Skeletal construction; structure of bone and connective tissue, types of bone: long, thin, flat, irregular. Axial and appendicular skeleton. Names of major bones.
Joint types; immovable, slightly moveable, freely moveable (synovial).
Muscular system: muscle tissue, names of major muscles.
Types of movement; flexion, extension, rotation, adduction, abduction, circumduction.
Relationship of muscular system to skeletal system; identification of major muscle groups, origins, insertions and actions of main muscles. Practical analysis of limb movement. Types of muscular contraction including; isometric, isotonic, isokinetic, concentric, eccentric.

Programme availability:

HL10034 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • UXXX-AFB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AFM11 : MBioMed(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AKM11 : MBioMed(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 1)


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