BMS257 Movement Science (8)


This subject provides students with a foundational understanding of human movement. The subject will specifically address the biomechanics of human movement during key activities such as gait, activities of daily living, lifting and sporting activities. Students will integrate their understanding of anatomy, motor control and movement problems into their developing understanding of human movement. Students will learn strategies to assess, record and analyse normal human movement and movement dysfunction across the lifespan. Students enrolling in this subject are expected to have achieved or be in the process of acquiring a substantive level of background knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
InternalOrange Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS257
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical concepts and physical principles as relevant to commonly performed functional human movements;
  • Be able to accurately evaluate human movement and movement dysfunction using observation and biomechanical (computer)analysis;
  • Be able to describe the anatomical structures, tissue mechanical responses, aids, devices and control mechanisms involved in walking, running, transfers and upper limb activities across the lifespan;
  • Be able to apply biomechanical principles to the implementation of rehabilitative exercise and safe manual handling;
  • Be able to discuss the basic elements of posture and balance control in normal populations and understand how the status is disturbed with some pathologies;
  • Be able to identify the normal and abnormal changes that occur in muscle and collagenous tissues in particular with respect to aging, injury and pathology;
  • Be able to discuss impacts on movement of bone fracture, healing, fracture fixation and traction.
  • Be able to demonstrate a knowledge of fluid mechanics and its application to clients


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The requirements and components of normal movement
  • Principles of joint motion and movement analysis
  • Essential components of movement and posture
  • Bio-mechanical principles as applied to joint motion and therapeutic exercise
  • Analysis of posture, assessment of postural control and the postural changes through the lifespan and in selected special populations
  • Principles of manual handling and their application to physiotherapy practice
  • Normal gait and comprehensive gait assessment for both normal and pathological gait disorders across the lifespan
  • Kinetic and kinematic analysis of activities of daily living, running, transfers, upper limb, gait, posture and balance in both young and old clients
  • Integration of contemporary and traditional theories of motor control
  • Principles of fluid mechanics and their application to physiotherapy


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.