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Human Movement

Study in the Discipline of Human Movement is offered by the Sydney School of Health Sciences. The Human Movement major and minor are available to students in the Health stream as a second major or minor only.

About the major

A major in Human Movement integrates anatomical, physiological and biomechanical principles related to human movement and will equip you with a background to assist in health service roles and the conduct of research and analysis of data relevant to the study of human movement.

The Human Movement major provides a strong foundation for further graduate study in fields such as physiotherapy and medicine (subject to meeting eligibility criteria).

Requirements for completion

A major in Human Movement requires 48 credit points, consisting of:

(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

A minor in Human Movement requires 36 credit points, consisting of:

(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

First year

BIOS1168 Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy A and BIOS1169 Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy B introduce functional musculoskeletal anatomy specifically designed for the study of human movement.

Second year

BIOS2170 Body Systems and Human Performance, BIOS2171 Human Neuroscience in Health and Disease, EXSS2030 Muscle Adaptations to Use and Disuse cover in depth study of various systems relevant to human movement including cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and nervous systems as well as how muscles adapt to use and disuse.

Third year

Major Core: EXSS3061 Exercise Responses and Programming

Major Interdisciplinary Project Core: EXSS3062 Motor Control and Learning

Major Selective: BIOS3065 Anatomical Analysis of Exercise, EXSS3063 Biomechanics in Health, HSBH3026 Industry and Community Project

This suite of 3000 level units is designed to help you understand how one learns and controls movements, how to analyse movement, and how the body responds to exercise.

In your third year you must take at least one designated project unit.

Fourth year

The fourth year is only offered within the Bachelor of Advanced Studies course.

Advanced coursework
The Bachelor of Advanced Studies advanced coursework option consists of 48 credit points, with a minimum of 24 credit points at 4000-level or above. Of these 24 credit points, you must complete a project unit of study worth at least 12 credit points.

Meritorious students may apply for admission to Honours within a subject area of the Bachelor of Advanced Studies. Admission to Honours requires the prior completion of all requirements of the Bachelor's degree, including Open Learning Environment (OLE) units. If you are considering applying for admission to Honours, ensure your degree planning takes into account the completion of a second major and all OLE requirements prior to Honours commencement.

Unit of study requirements for Honours in the area of Human Movement: completion of 36 credit points of project work and 12 credit points of coursework.

Contact and further information

T 1800 793 864

Sydney School of Health Sciences
75 East St
Lidcombe NSW 2141

Dr Mark Halaki
T +61 2 9351 9883

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from Human Movement will be able to:

  1. Exhibit a broad and coherent body of knowledge in the anatomical, physiological and biomechanical principles related to human movement.
  2. Interpret research findings to solve problems in a range of human movement performance contexts.
  3. Communicate concepts and findings in human movement effectively using a range of modalities and technologies for a variety of purposes and audiences, using evidence-based arguments that are robust to critique.
  4. Identify and evaluate research evidence and apply it to the measurement and enhancement of human movement.
  5. Exhibit knowledge, skills and attitudes about human movement that are transferable across global contexts, employment sectors and people.
  6. Exhibit the necessary skills, attitudes and behaviours to provide responsible, ethical and socially acceptable practices in human movement.