Functional Anatomy and Exercise Physiology
Area of Study
Biology, Exercise Biology, Human Biology, Kinesiology, Life Sciences, Physiology
Taught In English
Successful completion of introductory university level biology.
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
The module is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of functional
anatomy and physiology, particularly the skeletal, neural, muscular, metabolic,
respiratory and cardiovascular systems. The focus will be on the understanding of the
biomechanics of movement and the physiological adjustments in response to the
demands of sport and exercise.
Autumn Semester content summary: the fundamentals of functional anatomy,
particularly the skeletal, articular and muscular systems. The focus is on understanding
of the biomechanics of movement.
? The functional anatomy of the human body, its major regions and their surface
? Types of joint found in the body, their structure and function. Relationship
between joint stability and flexibility. Methods for assessing flexibility and use of
data in exercise prescription.
? Bone and muscle structure at the microscopic level and how skeletal muscle is
innervated to act.
? Functional anatomy of the neurological, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory
? The biomechanics of movement.
Spring Semester content summary: the fundamentals of exercise physiology,
particularly the neural, muscular, metabolic, respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
The focus will be on the understanding of physiological adjustments in response to the
demands of sport and exercise.
? Adjustments needed by the neurological, muscular, cardiovascular and
respiratory systems to deliver demands made by exercise. Energy
pathways/Acid/base balance, role of buffers.
? Introduction to a range of laboratory methods used for biomechanical and
physiological analysis, e.g. spirometry, flexibility, ECG, body composition,
respiratory exchange ratio, VO2 max; length-tension and force velocity relations.
Teaching: Lectures, seminars and workshops
STUDY OPTION 1:
? Exam: MCQ test (30%)
? Practical: Viva Voce exam (30%)
? Coursework: Lab report or manual (40%)
STUDY OPTION 2:
? Practical Competency Test (100%)
STUDY OPTION 3:
? Practical report (50%)
? MCQ Test (50%)
Study Option 1 = Whole Year
Study Option 2 = Autumn
Study Option 3 = Spring/summer
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.