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BIOS1168: Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy A (2013 - Semester 1)

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Unit: BIOS1168: Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy A (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Biomedical Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Ms Douglas-Morris, Jan
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Cumberland
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: 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 strongly encouraged.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Ackermann, Bronwen
Dr Hegedus, Elizabeth
Dr Huang, Jin
Dr Willis, Catherine
Timetable: BIOS1168 Timetable
T&L Activities: 3hr lectures, 2hr practicals/week
Assessment Description: mid semester practical exam (30%) end semester practical exam (30%) end semester exam (40%)


Summative assessment

There are 3 summative assessments ie. exams contributing marks towards your final mark - 2 identification (ID) or practical exams (one in Week 7 and the other in Week 15 or 16) plus 1 theory paper (in Week 15 or 16).

The ID exams comprise 50 minutes of exam time plus 20-25 minutes of administration time. Your mark for each ID exam will be out of 30%.

The theory paper will be of 2 hours duration plus 10 minutes of reading time. Your mark for the theory exam will be out of 40%.

The ID exams will examine all content covered in Module 1 in Weeks 1-6 or Module 2 in Weeks 7-13 (Week 15 or 16 exam). Both ID exams will test your identification ability as well as some basic theory.

The end-semester theory exam will examine all content covered in Modules 1 & 2 ie. the whole semester`s content. It will include questions testing the more difficult functional concepts relating to musculoskeletal anatomy.

All 3 FMA exams are in the multiple choice format.

Formative assessment

Practice identification exam questions will be available in practical classes. Topic-based online quizzes appear on FMA’s website throughout the semester. These topic-based online quizzes support student learning for all three summative assessments.
Assessment Feedback: You will receive a mark out of 30% for your Week 7 exam by close of business on Tuesday in Week 9. Note that the focus of the MSE is on examining a student`s ability to identify structures and on his/her understanding of more basic information about these structures. It is not testing the more difficult (functionally-related) content (which is tested in the theory exam in Week 15 or 16).

For this reason, students who score less than 18 out of 30 for the Week 7 exam (= less than 60/100% for the exam) will be considered to be at increased risk of failing BIOS1168. Such students should consult their tutor for additional guidance during Week 9 or 10. They should also closely follow any recommendations on online discussion boards for improving FMA results. Some students may be asked to consult with the Unit Co-ordinator to discuss additional ways to improve their FMA results.

Academic honesty
Deliberate breaches of academic honesty constitute academic misconduct. These breaches include:
─ Plagiarism
─ Fabrication of data
─ Recycling previously submitted material
─ Engaging someone else to complete an assessment on one’s behalf
─ Misconduct during supervised assessments

The penalties for academic misconduct may include:
─ A mark of zero on the assessment
─ A fail grade in the Unit of Study
─ Additional assessment (including an unseen exam)
─ Reference of the matter to the University Registrar

Issues concerning breaches of academic honesty may be dealt with either through the process of determining academic results in a Unit of Study, or, in the most serious cases, by invocation of misconduct procedures. Students should consult the active link ‘Assessment Policies’ towards the end of the window ‘Information for Students’ at:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Anatomy and Human Movement
  • Color Atlas of Anatomy

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) 2010, 2011, 2013
Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) Honours 2012
Bachelor of Health Sciences with a Movement Science second major 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Course Goals

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These goals are selected from University Generic Graduate Attributes which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See University Generic Graduate Attributes for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.