Human Movement

HUMAN MOVEMENT

Human Movement major

This major is only available to students enrolled in the Health stream, as a second major.
A major in Human Movement requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii) 18 credit points of 2000-level core units
(iii) 6 credit points of 3000-level core units
(iv) 6 credit points of 3000-level interdisciplinary project core units
(v) 6 credit points of 3000-level selective units

Human Movement minor

This minor is only available to students enrolled in the Health stream.
A minor in Human Movement requires 36 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii) 18 credit points of 2000-level core units
(iii) 6 credit points of 3000-level selective units

Units of study

The units of study are listed below.

1000-level units of study

Core
BIOS1168 Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Cliffton Chan, Dr Joanna Diong Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr lectures Assessment: Mid semester theory exam (25%), end semester practical exam (50%), end semester theory exam (25%) Practical field work: 2hr practical class/week Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Semester 1 Unit Coordinators are Dr Cliffton Chan and A/Prof Leslie Nicholson, Semester 2 unit coordinator is Dr Joanna Diong
This unit of study introduces the basic concepts in musculoskeletal anatomy prior to a more detailed study of the gross anatomical structure of the upper limb as it relates to functional activities. Students will also study the histological structure of musculoskeletal tissues and surface anatomy of the upper limb. Material will be presented in lectures, practical sessions and online. Students will also be expected to undertake some independent learning activities. This unit includes laboratory classes in which human cadavers are studied; attendance at such classes is compulsory.
BIOS1169 Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Jan Douglas-Morris Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr lectures, 2hr practical-tutorial/week Prerequisites: BIOS1168 Assessment: Online test (5%), mid-semester practical exam (30%), end-semester practical exam (25%), end-semester theory exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study examines the detailed gross, radiological and surface anatomy of the lower limb, trunk and neck. Included are the anatomical analyses of functional activities which involve the lower limb, back and neck. Material will be presented in lectures, practical and tutorial sessions and online. Students will also be expected to undertake some independent learning activities. This unit includes laboratory classes in which human cadavers are studied; attendance at such classes is compulsory.

2000-level units of study

Core
BIOS2170 Body Systems and Human Performance

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Peter Knight Session: Semester 1 Classes: (3x 1hr lec and 1x2hr tut/prac or 1x 3hr tut/prac)/wk Prohibitions: BIOS1170 or BMED2403 or PHSI2005 or PHSI2006 Assessment: Online quizzes (10%), feedback questions (10%), mid-semester exam (30%), end-semester exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will present the gross anatomy, functional histology, physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems (including acid-base homeostasis) relevant to human movement. This unit includes laboratory classes in which human cadaveric material is studied; attendance at such classes is compulsory. It includes classes during which students interpret physiological data and explain the physiological principles associated demonstrated. These classes link across all topics culminating in a capstone activity which emphasizes the integrated nature of human movement and performance.
BIOS2171 Human Neuroscience in Health and Disease

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Kay Double Session: Semester 2 Classes: (3x1hr lec and 1x2hr tut or 1x2hr prac)/wk Prohibitions: BIOS1171 or BIOS1166 or ANAT2010 or ANAT2910 Assessment: 1x1.2hr exam (30%) and 1x2hr exam (50%) and tutorial/practical class assessments (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This intermediate unit of study will introduce the human nervous system and its function, in the context of neuroscience in the healthy human and that associated with human disease. The unit will teach human neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with a focus on the control of human movement disorders associated with dysfunction of the human nervous system will be introduced. This knowledge will be expanded using case studies of specific disorders of, or affecting, the nervous system, including disorders of increasing prevalence. The unit is designed to equip students to pursue advanced studies in clinical neuroscience or to pursue studies in a professional degree program in medicine or other health professions. Material will be presented in lectures, tutorial and practical classes. Active learning approaches including case-based, on-line and individual learning will be used.
Textbooks
Crossman, A.R., Neary, D (2010) Neuroanatomy, an illustrated colour text, 4th Ed. Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier. Other texts will be recommended as additional reading material.
EXSS2030 Muscle Adaptations to Use and Disuse

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Mr Tom Gwinn and Dr Yorgi Mavros Session: Semester 2 Classes: 13 x 1hr lectures 11 x 1hr tutorials Prohibitions: EXSS1029 Assessment: 4 x formative quizzes (0%) 4 x summative quizzes, each quiz 5% value (20% total) practical report (10%) class presentation (oral and written components)( 15%), 2 hour written end-of-semester exam (55%) Practical field work: 7 x 1hr practicals Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The purpose of the unit is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of skeletal muscle function and how muscle adapts to increased use, specifically how muscle responds to high-resistance training (HRT, also know as strength training) and to disuse. Students will gain an understanding of muscle force development in terms of myosin function and organization (sarcomeres, myofibrils, muscle fibers) and the neural processes involved in maximal voluntary contractions. Students will then apply this knowledge to understand how HRT works in terms of hypertrophy and neural adaptations, the process of muscle atrophy during disuse and the effects of retraining after disuse. Students will integrate this biological understanding with an evidence-base approach to HRT prescription. Students apply and integrate these approaches gain skills in the real-world prescription of HRT through participation in HRT program in practical session, and then gain skills in data analysis via interpretation of their own responses to training. Students will gain skills in the ability to critically evaluate, and communicate applications of evidence-base research in healthy and clinical populations. Finally the unit examines concepts on muscle energy balance in terms of methods and control of ATP production and use, and these concepts are used to understand the concepts of peripheral and central fatigue.
Textbooks
There is no recommended textbook for this unit of study. Content is directly sourced to original research. See Unit of Study website for reference listing.

3000-level units of study

Major core
EXSS3061 Exercise Responses and Programming

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mark Halaki Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 h per week Prohibitions: EXSS1032 or EXSS3023 Assumed knowledge: BIOS1170 or BIOS2170 Assessment: 6x assessable worksheets (8% each; 48% total) and 1x final exam (52%). Students must obtain a pass mark for all assessment components to pass the unit. Practical field work: 6 x 2 h Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides students with a broad understanding of the physiological responses and adaptations to exercise. The unit describes the basic metabolic, cardiovascular and respiratory responses and adaptations to exercise training in healthy, asymptomatic individuals. It outlines the different modalities of exercise testing for quantification of functional capacity, exercise prescription and training. It examines physical deconditioning and the associated physiological deterioration. It also provides an introduction to clinical populations who would benefit from exercise training. Students apply and integrate theoretical knowledge through practical and tutorial classes. Students will develop skills to measure physiological responses to exercise and cardiorespiratory fitness. Based on best-practice guidelines, students will design an exercise program for a healthy individual.
Major Interdisciplinary Project Core
EXSS3062 Motor Control and Learning

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mark Halaki Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hrs per week Prerequisites: Completion of 48 credit points Prohibitions: EXSS2025 Assessment: In-class quizzes (5%), group motor learning project video and presentation (15%), group motor learning project written assessment (35%) and final exam (45%) Practical field work: 13 hrs Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides students with a broad overview of motor control and learning with the aim of stimulating students to think about the mechanisms of normal human movement. Both a behavioural and a neurophysiological approach are taken to understand the acquisition and execution of skilled motor actions. The behavioural approach is directed at the structures and processes underlying movement without considering their physical basis, while the neurophysiological approach is directed at the neuromuscular machinery and the functional neural connections that govern movement.
Textbooks
Magill, R.A. and Anderson, D. (2014) Motor Learning and Control: Concepts and Applications. (10th edition). New York: McGraw-Hill.; and Edwards, W.H. (2011). Motor learning and Control: From theory to practice. Belmont, USA; Wadsworth, Cengage learning.
Major selective
BIOS3065 Anatomical Analysis of Exercise

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Karen Ginn Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2hr lecture, 2hr practical, tutorial/week Prerequisites: BIOS1168 and BIOS1169 Assessment: Quizzes (3x10%), mid-semester exam (35%), end semester exam (35%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study will extend the student's knowledge of functional musculoskeletal anatomy by applying functional anatomy principles to the analysis of exercises. Relevant research and advanced knowledge of functional musculoskeletal anatomical concepts will be used to explore exercises designed to: strengthen and lengthen specific muscles; improve muscle coordination; develop dynamic stability; and prevent the development of muscle imbalances that may contribute to musculoskeletal injury. The application of musculoskeletal anatomy principles to increase exercise difficulty and variety will also be explored. This unit will include laboratory classes in which human cadavers are studied; attendance at such classes is strongly encouraged.
EXSS3063 Biomechanics in Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mark Halaki Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 hr per week Prerequisites: BIOS1168 and BIOS1169 Prohibitions: EXSS1018 or EXSS2018 Assessment: group report (40%), group presentation (10%) final exam (50%) Practical field work: 2 hr per week Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The main emphasis of this unit is in developing practical expertise in techniques for the biomechanical analysis of human movement. Students will learn how to conduct kinematic and kinetic analyses, using video, force platforms and electromyography. Other components of this unit are aimed at further development of mathematical and problem-solving skills for the analysis of movement. The unit will provide the opportunity for students to integrate their developing knowledge in human movement and apply them in the context of a project.
HSBH3026 Industry and Community Project

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mark Halaki Session: Intensive December,Intensive February,Intensive January,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: blended learning, (online material, face-to-face seminars and group work) Prerequisites: A minimum of 72 credit points Assessment: group plan (20%), group presentation (10%), individual reflection statement (20%), group report (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Through this unit, undergraduate students will participate in an interdisciplinary group project, working with one of the University's industry and community partners. Students will work in teams on a real-world problem provided by the partner, applying their disciplinary expertise and gaining valuable experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. In working on authentic problems, students will encounter richly contextualized issues that will require input from people with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and experiences. Developing solutions to complex problems requires students to work effectively in interdisciplinary groups. The unit will provide the opportunity for students to integrate their developing knowledge and experience, and apply them in circumstances of the kind they can expect to encounter in professional life. Interdisciplinary group work will provide the opportunity to build the skills to work across disciplinary, cultural and/or professional boundaries. . For more information please see: https://sydney.edu.au/students/industry-and-community-projects.html.
Minor selective
EXSS3061 Exercise Responses and Programming

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mark Halaki Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 h per week Prohibitions: EXSS1032 or EXSS3023 Assumed knowledge: BIOS1170 or BIOS2170 Assessment: 6x assessable worksheets (8% each; 48% total) and 1x final exam (52%). Students must obtain a pass mark for all assessment components to pass the unit. Practical field work: 6 x 2 h Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides students with a broad understanding of the physiological responses and adaptations to exercise. The unit describes the basic metabolic, cardiovascular and respiratory responses and adaptations to exercise training in healthy, asymptomatic individuals. It outlines the different modalities of exercise testing for quantification of functional capacity, exercise prescription and training. It examines physical deconditioning and the associated physiological deterioration. It also provides an introduction to clinical populations who would benefit from exercise training. Students apply and integrate theoretical knowledge through practical and tutorial classes. Students will develop skills to measure physiological responses to exercise and cardiorespiratory fitness. Based on best-practice guidelines, students will design an exercise program for a healthy individual.
EXSS3062 Motor Control and Learning

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mark Halaki Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hrs per week Prerequisites: Completion of 48 credit points Prohibitions: EXSS2025 Assessment: In-class quizzes (5%), group motor learning project video and presentation (15%), group motor learning project written assessment (35%) and final exam (45%) Practical field work: 13 hrs Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides students with a broad overview of motor control and learning with the aim of stimulating students to think about the mechanisms of normal human movement. Both a behavioural and a neurophysiological approach are taken to understand the acquisition and execution of skilled motor actions. The behavioural approach is directed at the structures and processes underlying movement without considering their physical basis, while the neurophysiological approach is directed at the neuromuscular machinery and the functional neural connections that govern movement.
Textbooks
Magill, R.A. and Anderson, D. (2014) Motor Learning and Control: Concepts and Applications. (10th edition). New York: McGraw-Hill.; and Edwards, W.H. (2011). Motor learning and Control: From theory to practice. Belmont, USA; Wadsworth, Cengage learning.
BIOS3065 Anatomical Analysis of Exercise

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Karen Ginn Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2hr lecture, 2hr practical, tutorial/week Prerequisites: BIOS1168 and BIOS1169 Assessment: Quizzes (3x10%), mid-semester exam (35%), end semester exam (35%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study will extend the student's knowledge of functional musculoskeletal anatomy by applying functional anatomy principles to the analysis of exercises. Relevant research and advanced knowledge of functional musculoskeletal anatomical concepts will be used to explore exercises designed to: strengthen and lengthen specific muscles; improve muscle coordination; develop dynamic stability; and prevent the development of muscle imbalances that may contribute to musculoskeletal injury. The application of musculoskeletal anatomy principles to increase exercise difficulty and variety will also be explored. This unit will include laboratory classes in which human cadavers are studied; attendance at such classes is strongly encouraged.
EXSS3063 Biomechanics in Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mark Halaki Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 hr per week Prerequisites: BIOS1168 and BIOS1169 Prohibitions: EXSS1018 or EXSS2018 Assessment: group report (40%), group presentation (10%) final exam (50%) Practical field work: 2 hr per week Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The main emphasis of this unit is in developing practical expertise in techniques for the biomechanical analysis of human movement. Students will learn how to conduct kinematic and kinetic analyses, using video, force platforms and electromyography. Other components of this unit are aimed at further development of mathematical and problem-solving skills for the analysis of movement. The unit will provide the opportunity for students to integrate their developing knowledge in human movement and apply them in the context of a project.
HSBH3026 Industry and Community Project

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mark Halaki Session: Intensive December,Intensive February,Intensive January,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: blended learning, (online material, face-to-face seminars and group work) Prerequisites: A minimum of 72 credit points Assessment: group plan (20%), group presentation (10%), individual reflection statement (20%), group report (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Through this unit, undergraduate students will participate in an interdisciplinary group project, working with one of the University's industry and community partners. Students will work in teams on a real-world problem provided by the partner, applying their disciplinary expertise and gaining valuable experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. In working on authentic problems, students will encounter richly contextualized issues that will require input from people with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and experiences. Developing solutions to complex problems requires students to work effectively in interdisciplinary groups. The unit will provide the opportunity for students to integrate their developing knowledge and experience, and apply them in circumstances of the kind they can expect to encounter in professional life. Interdisciplinary group work will provide the opportunity to build the skills to work across disciplinary, cultural and/or professional boundaries. . For more information please see: https://sydney.edu.au/students/industry-and-community-projects.html.