EHR211 Functional Anatomy and Human Performance (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.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR211. 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 Allied Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to students in:

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Sport Management)

Bachelor of Exercise Science

Bachelor of Exercise Science (Rehabilitation)

Bachelor of Education (Health & Physical Education)

Bachelor of Educational Studies

or as approved by the Course Director.

Assumed Knowledge

Thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology prior to undertaking this subject is required.  Ideally, EHR119 and EHR120 to be completed prior to enrolment in this subject.

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;
  • Body composition methods and limitations including normative - descriptive techniques;
  • 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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EHR211 in Session 1 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Residential school attendance
Anthropometry test
Online tests
Final practical examination
Final examination

Residential School

This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

Practical sessions to be conducted in the Exercise and Sports Science Laboratories.

A practical assessment will also be conducted during the Residential School.

Special Resources

Distance education students are required to attend a five (5) day Residential School on CSU Bathurst Campus, scheduled during the Residential School period to access laboratory facilities. Each student will be required to attend laboratory classes on each day of the Residential School.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.