Module code: BMS1042

Module Overview

This module provides students with a fundamental understanding of human anatomy by considering the form and function of the skeleton, muscle, bone & articulations, and examining their interaction during human movement, exercise and sport. Alongside this module there is the option to undertake formative assessments (MCQ exams) which contribute towards the attainment of Gym Instructor and Personal Training awards (recognized by the Register of Exercise Professionals).

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

MANDERS Ralph (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 20

Seminar Hours: 4

Laboratory Hours: 10

Practical/Performance Hours: 10

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

• 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, and 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.
• Postural and core stability; role of specific ligaments and muscles and problems arising from instability/postural deviations

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATIONS (2 HOUR) 60

Alternative Assessment

When practical sessions have been missed or coursework failed, students will be provided with a case study data set (comparable to the results that would have been collected during the practical session) to interpret and analyse. If the student is not able to attend the presentation seminar a written report (1000 words) has to be handed in. In all other cases students will present findings in the same format as the original assessment. 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have comprehended the basic anatomical and kinesiological topics that have been taught to them and are able to apply this knowledge in a practical setting. The assessment includes in-course MCQ and short reports that allow them to get early feedback on their progress. A poster presentation requires them to collect and present data and draw scientific conclusions.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • 2 hour unseen MCQ and SAQ exam covering all topics from the lectures and tutorial.

  • Group poster presentation on the kinesiological analysis of a movement of there choice. The grade will be based on the presentation of the poster (during a symposium 1 week before the exam) and the quality of the poster itself. There will be a single grade for the group.

The practicals and the manual will cover learning outcomes 1, 2, and 4 and therefore provide a good interim assessment of the student knowledge and understanding of the module. This assessment will furthermore also be used as a feedback tool and teachable moment for the students in preparation for their final exam.


Formative assessment and feedback of:

  • Demonstration of anatomical knowledge (palpation) and kinesiology on a fellow student.

  • Mid module MCQ theory assessments for REPs recognised awards (Gym Instructor & Personal Training)

  • Verbal feedback from academics or demonstrators during practicals

  • Verbal feedback following lectures or during tutorials

  • Practical manual. The students fill out the manual during practicals as a revision tool based on the results for recording and interpretation of anatomical landmarks.

Feedback to specific queries via email, with responses being made available to all via SurreyLearn or during tutorials as appropriate generic class feedback to practical reports

Module aims

  • Classify and identify bones, joints and muscles.
  • Describe the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of muscle actions in human movements
  • Appreciate the link between the structure and function of a given anatomical system.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Describe human position and movement with the correct anatomical terminology; orientation, movement and directional terms, body planes and positions. KC
2 Identify the muscles, joints and bones involved in specific movements. KC
3 Analyse the movement patterns and muscle activity of a sporting technique of choice. KCP
4 Demonstrate an awareness of the anatomical and mechanical antecedents of common sports injuries K
5 Have a threshold knowledge of Skeletal system; bone - formation and growth, structure and function & classification (long, thin, flat, irregular), injury & pathology. Axial and appendicular skeleton. Names of major bones. KC
6 Articulations (joints) & ligaments – classification / type, structure & movement allowed. KC
7 Muscular system; Gross skeletal muscle structure. Identifying group & individual muscle names function & structure (arrangement of fascicles). Type of contraction (isometric, isotonic, isokinetic, concentric and eccentric) KCP
8 Relation of the muscular system to the skeletal system; identifying origins, insertions and actions of main muscles. KCP
9 Functional analysis of limb movement; flexion extension, rotation, adduction, abduction and circumduction PT
10 Effectively work together in a group. PT
11 Present their own scientific research KPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Students will have lectures and tutorials to provide them with basic understanding of anatomy and kinesiology. This knowledge will be integrated into practical classes that are designed to further their comprehension of the topic and to provide them with necessary practical and professional skills. A group assignment will allow students to work together in a team and to collect, analyse and present data on a topic of the choosing. Throughout the module SurreyLearn will be used extensively to inform students and disseminate specific material such as lecture hand-outs, useful links and additional literature. SurreyLearn will also be used to communicate between academics and students

The learning and teaching methods include:
• Lectures - 20 hours
• (pre practical) Tutorial - 5 hours
• Practical - 15 hours
• Group assignment.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.