EHR412 Functional Anatomy (8)

This subject is designed to provide a comprehensive coverage of kinesiological principles necessary to understand individual joint structure and function and apply kinanthropometrical knowledge of the human body. Students will be expected to identify the elements of the musculo-skeletal system and study the role of the bony segments, joint related connective tissue structures, muscles and the external forces applied to those structures. Practical components will involve anthropometry, posture and movement analysis with application including the effects of immobilisation and injury on the system.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to students in:

Graduate Diploma in Exercise and Sport Science

or as approved by the Course Director

Assumed Knowledge

Thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology prior to undertaking this subject is required.

Subject Relationships

EHR211 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to utilise measurement techniques used to collect objective data in the functional anatomy field;
  • be able to understand the functional linkage of anatomy to motion;
  • be able to discuss the role of body proportions on sport performance and talent identification and how it enhances their position within the sport domain;
  • be able to identify and explain joint structure and function of all the major joints;
  • be able to describe the effects of ageing and injury relevant to each joint;
  • be able to perform movement analysis on basic movement patterns used for exercise;
  • be able to locate and identify selected anatomical features (surface anatomy and models) and describe function and adaptations that can occur during exercise;
  • be able to evaluate results from anthropometric, flexibility and posture testing.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Joint structure and function - stability and factors affecting ROM;
  • The anthropometric profile, proportionality and somatotyping;
  • Posture and vertebral column;
  • Trunk: vertebrae, joints, ligaments and intervertebral disc, range of movement;
  • The 'true' back muscles, innervations and function;
  • Bones, joints and muscles of the thorax;
  • Shoulder girdle and joints, ligaments and muscles;
  • The elbow and radioulnar joints, the ligamentous and muscular reinforcements;
  • The wrist and hand joints and analysis of grip and associated muscles;
  • Pelvic and hip regions: sacroiliac, symphysis pubis and lumbosacral joints;
  • Thigh muscles and knee joint complex;
  • Shank muscles, tibiofibular and ankle joints, arches of the foot.

Residential School

This subject contains a 1 day Compulsory Residential School.

Distance education students are required to attend a Residential School scheduled during the mid-Session Residential School period to access laboratory facilities.  This Residential School will run consecutively with Schools for the subjects EHR411, EHR414, EHR420 and EHR423.

Each distance education student will be required for three (3) days, which will include laboratory classes on each day for each student.

Special Resources

Distance education students are required to attend a three (3) day Residential School scheduled during the mid-Session Residential School period on CSU Bathurst Campus, to access Laboratory facilities.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.