Courses & Units

Functional and Surface Anatomy CXA232


This unit provides an introduction to analysis of human movement. The focus is on functional musculoskeletal anatomy and the physical laws that control motion. The unit focuses both on the application of kinesiology to physical activities of daily living and exercise. It is a prerequisite for CXA203 Biomechanics


Unit name Functional and Surface Anatomy
Unit code CXA232
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Mr Matthew Schmidt
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and analyse human movement using a range of models
  • Identify, joints, ligaments and muscles (with their neural supply) and describe how they contribution to movement, stability and posture and gait
  • Describe the basic mechanical principles that underpin human motor skills and posture
  • Demonstrate developing communication skills through individual contribution to management and evaluation of group processes

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



CZZ101 or CXA172


Teaching Pattern

Practical – 2 hours (weekly), Independent Learning - 4 hours (weekly), Individual Study - 4 hours (weekly)

AssessmentQuizzes (15%)|Practical test (25%)|Comparative analysis of a complex motor task (30%)|Examination (30%)
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“Manual of Structural Kinesiology” 20th edition, R.T.Floyd.  McGraw Hill


 Benke, R. S., 2001. Kinetic Anatomy, Human Kinetics, Champaign Il.

Greene D.P. and Roberts S.L., 1999. Kinesiology: Movement in the Context of Activity, Mosby, St Louis MO.

Carr, G., 2004. Sport Mechanics for Coaches 2nd Edition, Human Kinetics, Champaign II

Knudson, D. V. and Morrison, C. S., 2002. Qualitative Analysis of Human Movement 2nd Edition, Human Kinetics, Champaign Il.

Cutnell, J. D. and Johnson K. W., 2004. Physics 6th Edition, Wiley.

Trefil, J. and Hazen, R.M., 2004. Physics Matters: An Introduction to Conceptual Physics,  Wiley.

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