PT4002: Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics

PT4002: Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics
Module Code PT4002
Module Tutor Adrian Bevan
School School of Health and Social Care
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

This module will introduce students to anatomy and biomechanics in relation to movement and function. Students will study in detail the ‘normal’ structure and function of the musculoskeletal system. The module will consist of both theoretical, practical and laboratory components, giving students the opportunity to develop a range of practical skills.


The module will provide the underpinning knowledge required for the development and application of assessment skills in musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will cover the following:


Using anatomical terminology

Describing movements

Biomechanical properties of bone, tendon, ligament and muscle

Introduction to tissue healing and repair

Surface anatomy of the lower, upper quadrant and spine

Skeletal, joint and soft tissue anatomy of the lower, upper quadrant and spine

Joint assessment and range movement

Postural analysis

Analysis of movement- the gait cycle

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:


  1. Command a sound knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy of the lower, upper quadrant and spine with practical application.
  2. Administer appropriate joint range of motion and muscle tests with basic clinical reasoning.
  3. Define factors impacting on joint movement using appropriate anatomical knowledge and terminology
  4. Analyse basic biomechanical data using appropriate techniques.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 72
Independent Learning Hours: 228
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 30% Oral Exam: 15 mins
002: 40% Practical Assessment: Laboratory Examination: 20 minutes
003: 30% Exam: Unseen, Closed Book: 1.50 hours
Special Assessment Requirements

All elements of assessment must be passed in order to pass the module.


Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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