Musculoskeletal Anatomy

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Musculoskeletal Anatomy

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Human Biology, Molecular Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisite: 1016MSC Anatomy & Physiology Systems I or 1006PES Anatomical Science I

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Musculoskeletal Anatomy course has been designed to consolidate knowledge of structure and function of the musculoskeletal system. A thorough understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy is imperative to the practice of physiotherapists and other health professionals. Students will build on theoretical knowledge and practical skills obtained in prerequisite courses through a series of lectures, specialised laboratory sessions and movement analysis activities.
    Course Introduction
    A comprehensive understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy is fundamental to many careers in the health
    sciences. Musculoskeletal Anatomy has been designed to build upon the basic knowledge of anatomical
    structure and function addressed in Foundation Year to develop a comprehensive understanding of the
    musculoskeletal system. Students of 2010AHS will consolidate and improve content knowledge, develop
    skills in application, and begin to translate gross cadaveric anatomy to surface anatomy identification
    through a series of lectures, laboratory sessions and body painting activities.
    Course Aims
    Musculoskeletal Anatomy is designed to address several core elements of the Australian Physiotherapy
    Competency Standards for the Bachelor of Exercise Science and Masters of Physiotherapy programs and also certain ESSA requirements for EP accreditation. Exercise Science students aiming for careers in exercise physiology, exercise prescription, training and/or education similarly will obtain anatomical knowledge and skills to apply in the health and physical activity workplace.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 identify all elements of the musculoskeletal skeletal system covered in the course including: 1. bones, ligaments, cartilage, and joints 2. skeletal muscles (including attachments, blood supplies and innervations) 3. major veins, arteries, lymphatics and nerves, including plexuses
    2 identify left/right orientation of all disarticulated skeletal elements
    3 identify anatomical structures from a surface perspective and from imaging, including x-ray, MRI, and CT
    4 demonstrate the anatomical position, and utilise relationship and kinetic terminology
    5 determine muscle actions including isometric, isokinetic, concentric, and eccentric, as well as designate muscle functions including agonist, antagonist, fixator, and synergist
    6 recognise micro and macro anatomy and related biomechanical properties of connective tissue (bone, cartilage, fascia, ligament, tendon, and muscle)
    7 apply your anatomical knowledge to describe movements in terms of joint action, muscle activity, and innervation
    8 apply your anatomical knowledge to clinical diagnosis

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Exam - selected response
    Mid-semester examination


    Test or quiz
    Surface anatomy viva


    Exam - practical/laboratory/clinical
    Laboratory examination


    Exam - selected response
    End-of-semester examination


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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.