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Human Anatomy and Kinanthropometry

Module titleHuman Anatomy and Kinanthropometry
Module codeESS1006
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Dr Sarah Jackman (Convenor)

Dr Dominic Farris (Lecturer)

Dr Dimitris Vlachopoulos (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Studying Exercise and Sport Sciences requires an understanding of the anatomical location, structure and function of the musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems that are involved in human movement. In addition, knowing about body composition, how it can be assessed and the effects it has on human health and performance is central to the subject. This module will provide you with an understanding of why human body composition assessment is important and how it changes with exercise training, ageing, disease, growth and maturation. Along with the theoretical principles and content, the module will help you develop your practical laboratory-based skills so that you can apply these to other modules on the degree programme. There are no pre- or co-requisites for this module and it is suitable for non-specialist students who have studied science at A-Level or equivalent.

Module aims - intentions of the module

Study of Exercise and Sport Sciences requires a clear understanding of the anatomical location, structure and physiological function of the musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems and how these are involved in human movement. The kinanthropometric content will provide you with an understanding of the principles of body composition, its assessment and its relationship with health and exercise.

Graduate attributes. As part of this module you are expected to develop the following skills:

  • Laboratory skills – body composition assessment, somatotyping, body dimension assessment, palpitation skills in identifying anatomical structures
  • Application of knowledge – being able to understand and explain which muscles, joints and structures are involved in producing sporting movements
  • People skills – working with your peers during laboratory sessions

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Accurately use anatomical and physiological terminology
  • 2. Explain the function, structure and components of the musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems in relation to exercise and sport
  • 3. Competently use and understand the principles of anthropometric procedures for assessing human body composition

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Apply module specific knowledge /skills to applied situations

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Use appropriate technology and information sources
  • 6. Present ideas / information concisely and accurately

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

The list of topics below is an example of types of topics that will be covered in this module:

  • Muscle anatomy                       
  • Body composition and its assessment
  • Human growth and maturation
  • Bone anatomy                         
  • Muscle and skeletal mass
  • Somatotyping
  • Knee anatomy
  • Cardiac anatomy                      
  • Lung anatomy
  • Blood
  • Shoulder anatomy
  • Anatomical position
  • Hip anatomy
  • Lower leg anatomy                   
  • Strength training anatomy
  • Head and spine anatomy

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Practical classes
Guided Independent Study106Completion of set readings, answering short questions, extra tasks all set on ELE


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Continual feedback in sessionsAllOral feedback during sessions, common mistakes will be highlighted in lectures and placed on learning environment
Continual practice online quizzesEvery weekAllOnline feedback and common mistakes highlighted to the cohort

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written examination (mid term)1510 minutesAllGeneric feedback about common errors will be provided specific if requested
End of module written examination Including MCQ and SAQ851 hour 15 minutesAllWritten feedback will be available immediately after exam for review


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written examinationWritten examinationAllAugust/September assessment period
End of module written examination Including MCQ and SAQ Written examinationAllAugust/September assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to resit the part or parts of the assessment that you failed. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Indicative basic reading list:

  • Tortora, G. and Derrickson, B. Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, . John Wiley and Sons, Chichester.
  • Eston, R.G. and Reilly, T. (2009). Kinanthropometry and Exercise Physiology Laboratory Manual: Tests, Procedures and Data. Volume 1: Anthropometry (3rd edition). London: Routledge.

Highly recommended

  • Kapit, W. and Elson, L. The Anatomy Colouring Book. Cummings publishers
  • Kapit, W, Macey, R. and Meisami, E. The Physiology Colouring Book Cummings publishers
  • Heyward, V.H. and Stolarczyk, L.M. (1996). Applied Body Composition Assessment, Leeds: Human Kinetics
  • Roche, A.F., Heymsfield, S.B. and Lohman, T.G. (1996). Human Body Composition, Leeds: Human Kinetics
  • Behnke, R.S. Kinetic Anatomy (2nd Edition). Human Kinetics, IL.
  • Cael, C. Functional Anatomy. 2010. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore.
  • Silverthorn, D. Human Physiology 2004. Prentice Hall, NJ

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Human anatomy, kinanthropometry, body composition, exercise

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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