Functional Anatomy and Pathophysiology

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
16 March 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC C63012 Sports Therapy,
MSC C63024 Sports Therapy

Module description

Sports Therapists deal primarily with musculoskeletal complaints, therefore require a thorough knowledge anatomy, pathophysiology and function. One of the primary tasks of a Sports Therapy is to optimise movement, whether in relation to reducing the risk of injury or injury rehabilitation. This module introduces students to anatomy, pathophysiology and the scientific basis underpinning movement.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology and anatomy of the human body and to link this knowledge and understanding to the impact on structure, function and wellbeing of an individual.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Describe, locate, palpate and identify musculoskeletal structures

  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of physiological and functional movements

  3. Demonstrate a specific knowledge of the impact of pathological changes in the body systems and the impact on wellbeing

Module information

Students will learn theoretical and practical skills around structure and function. These will include:

  • Structure and function of relevant systems

  • Location of key anatomical musculoskeletal structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments, joint lines, bones etc.)

  • Functional movements

  • Systems pathophysiology in relation to common injuries or conditions

  • Inflammation, healing, and soft tissue and bone repair

  • Pain

Learning and teaching methods

  • Weekly lectures and accompanying slides (total time 2h). Students are able to access these materials anytime via Listen Again if they are not able to attend.
  • Weekly self-directed learning activities (e.g., articles, videos, blogs). Include a variety of activities that include different medium of instruction (e.g., audio, video) to suit different learning styles.
  • Weekly practical classes (2h). These classes will take place on campus only, and attendance will be monitored. Students will be supported and encouraged to attend. It is a PSRB requirement to attend a minimum of 80% of all practical sessions in order to be eligible to sit the practical exam.
  • Weekly self-directed practice (recommended time 2-3h). Sports Therapy labs will be made available outside of teaching for students to practice their practical techniques.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

Mr Mark Leather
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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