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.

This module provides the initial foundations for several modules, including BMS1046, BMS1044 and BMS2066. This module also contributes significantly to the requirements of the Gym and Personal Trainer qualifications, endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and embedded within the Sport and Exercise Science programme.

Module provider

School of Biosciences

Module Leader

ROBERTS Harry (Biosciences)

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: 62

Lecture Hours: 10

Tutorial Hours: 15

Practical/Performance Hours: 8

Guided Learning: 20

Captured Content: 35

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.

The theoretical content is designed to provide a basis of knowledge of human anatomy and an appreciation of the application to sport and exercise. Students will develop an understanding of the structure and function of the human body, with links to health, disease, disorder, and dysfunction. Finally, students will begin to gain practical skills and start working towards vocational qualifications, embedded within the programme.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation Kinesiological analysis of human movement group poster/presentation (15 minutes) 50
Examination Online Online short answer question exam - 120 minutes (open book exam to be taken within a 4 hour window) 50

Alternative Assessment

Alternative assessment for 'Kinesiological analysis of human movement group poster/presentation (15 minutes)' is an 'alternative date'

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they understand the classification and identification of bones, joints, muscles, and muscle actions. Students will furthermore be able to demonstrate understanding and appreciation of the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Group poster and oral presentation, 50%, 15 minutes

Students will be required to complete and present the kinesiological analysis of a sporting movement (addressing learning outcome 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9). Students are free to choose the movement. The grade will be based on the presentation of the poster and the quality of the poster itself. There will be a single grade for the group. This is a shared assessment with module BMS1053, therefore, the contents of the 15-minute presentation will combine aspects from this module and of module BMS1053.


  • Exam, 50%, 2-hour short answer question (SAQ) exam

The exam covers all topics from the lectures and tutorials (addressing learning outcomes 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)

Formative assessment and feedback:

  • Multiple choice questions (MCQ) formative exams will be used throughout the module to support learning.

  • Example short answer questions (SAQ) will be provided throughout the module and answers will be discussed within tutorials and/or during revision sessions.

  • Module manual - students will be provided with a module manual which incorporates a variety of tasks that can then be used as a revision tool for the assessments. Completed sections with example/correct answers will be provided at various points throughout the module to provide additional feedback and support learning. 

  • Tasks within the practical sessions are designed to develop skills required for the group poster presentation and to enhance presentation skills required to be successful within the summative assessment.

  • Practical handouts - students will complete specific practical handouts during sessions, which can then be used as a revision tool for the assessments. The completed handouts with correct answers will be provided at various points throughout the module to provide additional feedback and support learning.  

Feedback will be provided in the following ways:

  • Verbal feedback following lectures or during tutorials.

  • Verbal feedback from academics during practical sessions.

  • 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.

  • Discussion boards available after all lectures and specific assessment discussion boards open to all. This will allow anonymous questions posed, or comments to be left.

  • Written feedback on poster from academics within 3 weeks of the poster session (excluding University closure days).


Module aims

  • To describe the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system
  • To provide an understanding of muscle actions in human movements
  • To develop the appreciation of the link between the structure and function of a given anatomical system
  • To build a baseline of practical skills in anatomy and kinesiology
  • To develop an understanding of the classification and identification of bones, joints, and muscles

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
002 Identify the muscles, joints and bones involved in specific movements. KC
005 Describe the body's different articulations (joints) & ligaments, classification / type, structure & movement allowed. KC
006 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
007 Relation of the muscular system to the skeletal system; identifying origins, insertions and actions of main muscles. KCP
008 Functional analysis of limb movement; flexion extension, rotation, adduction, abduction and circumduction. PT
009 Effectively work together in a group. PT
010 Present their own scientific research. KPT
011 Have a basic understanding and skills related to appropriate weightlifting techniques and the anatomical basis for this. KPT
003 Analyse the movement patterns and muscle activity of a sporting technique of choice. KCP
004 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
001 Describe human position and movement with the correct anatomical terminology; orientation, movement and directional terms, body planes and positions. KC

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:


  • enable students to develop a basis of knowledge of anatomy and an appreciation of the application to sport and exercise.

  • enable students to develop an understanding of, and be able to analyse, a range of movement patterns.


Furthermore, the learning and teaching strategy is designed to develop students’ digital literacy, confidence, and competence in working with others, communication skills, employability, and professionalism.

To achieve the above, the following learning and teaching methods will be used: lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical sessions, guided learning, and independent learning.

More specifically, students will be taught with the use of recorded lectures and follow-up tutorials/seminars to provide 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 to analyse and confidently present content, on human movement.

Students are expected to engage with weekly 'on demand' recorded content prior to the tutorials to enable further discussion of the presented topics. They are also expected to engage in practical sessions to support both theoretical understanding and the development of both practical and presentation skills.

The Virtual Learning Environment at Surrey (SurreyLearn) will be extensively used to inform students and provide specific contents such as lecture hand-outs, useful links, and additional literature. SurreyLearn will also be used to communicate between academics and students to effectively answer questions that are of relevance to all students. Outside of the seminar sessions, students are also actively encouraged to support each other's learning via the SurreyLearn module discussion forum. Guided moderation from staff on the module (via the discussion forum) can be used to pose questions regarding topics and support one another with peer-based learning. 


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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Other information

The School of Bioscience and Medicine is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability, and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills, and capabilities in the following areas:

Digital capability: Throughout the module students learn to navigate and utilise the Virtual Learning Environment at Surrey (SurreyLearn) and other digital resources to aid their learning. For the 1st assessment, students will work together in a group to create a scientific poster on a kinesiological analysis of a movement. With this assessment the students learn how to work with digital presentation software to develop this poster. In addition, as part of the poster the students will need to make a video recording of the analysed movement using a video camera or mobile phone, which will require to be edited and embedded in the poster. Finally, in the symposium, students will need to share their screen presentation and video to the rest of the student cohort. To support this group work students are encouraged to use digital platforms such as WhatsApp, Teams, Zoom, and utilising cloud/file sharing for communication and to support this group work.

Global & Cultural Capabilities: Students must work together in randomly assigned groups for both practical sessions and their assessments. This will require them to work together with people from different backgrounds and with different levels of existing experience. Students are encouraged to engage with, and learn from, diverse perspectives through interaction and teamwork. Furthermore, as part of the practical sessions, students will be required to instruct their group members to perform exercises and modify their teaching style to fit the person they are instructing.

Employability: As part of the poster assessment students will learn how the present scientific data to a semi-skilled audience. Similarly, within the practical sessions the students will receive training in coaching, teaching, and presentation, all of which are essential moving forward in the degree programme and will help to build essential employability skills. The programme is accredited by CIMSPA, as such, the programme is already designed to equip students with all the core competencies required of to work in industry as a Gym Instructors and/or Personal Trainer. This module is key module that provides fundamental knowledge required to be successful within these roles.

Resourcefulness & Resilience: Students must work as part as a group and need to learn how to manage workloads, deadlines and to ensure all team members provide equal levels of work. They will also need to research and use online and print resources to support their learning and the completion of their assignment.

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 2024/5 academic year.