Anatomical Basis of Human Movement

Course Details

Course Number: 1983  Section Number: 001

Spring 2012

Location: D.L. Ligon Coliseum

Classroom Number: 223 Lecture; 219 Lab

Days & Times:



Mon & Wed: 9:00 – 9:50 AM (Lecture)

Thurs: 9:30 – 10:50 AM (Lab A); 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM (Lab B)

Course Attachments


Floyd, R.T. Manual of Structural KinesiologyTrail Guide to the Body - Andrew Biel, 4th Edition  ISBN: 978-0-9826634-0-0

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Jason Winchester   
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Course Objectives


At the completion of this course students should be able to:

1.      Identify terminology related to biomechanics.

2.      Describe linear, angular, and other forms of motion used in human movement.

3.      Describe types of mechanical loads that act on the human body

4.      Describe the effects of mechanical loads on bones.

5.      Describe human skeletal articulations in relation to their movement capabilities.

6.      Describe the relationship of the musculotendinous unit to muscle function.

7.      Identify muscle function in producing upper and lower extremity movements.

8.      Identify muscle function in producing movements of the spine.

9.      Describe kinematic and kinetic variables of human movement.

10.  Describe the stability of a body in relation to mechanical factors.

11.  Identify anatomical landmarks, surface markings, and various soft tissue structures by palpating a live model.

Course Expectations






For each week of lab, a corresponding lab assignment will be given for a total of 11 labs.  Each lab assignment is due at the beginning of class (not the end, not one hour later because you forgot to bring it).  For my rules on late assignments, see the course policies above.  There will be no lab in the first week of class. 


Each lab assignment will be completed individually and will be work 5 points each.  Attendance will be taken at the beginning (not the middle, or the end) of each lab session.  Each student who is in their seat at the beginning of the lab session will earn 1 point for that day.  Students who are not more than 5 minutes late will not earn a point for attendance, but are still eligible to participate in the lab and may turn in an assignment the following week.  Students who are more than 5 minutes late to a given lab session may not participate in that day’s activities and may not turn in an assignment the following week.  Thus, they will lose both the 1 point for attendance that day, and the 5 points for the assignment given in that session.  Students who do not attend a particular lab session assignment for that lab and will lose the all associated points for that week. 


Each lab will have Graduate Assistant as an instructor.  I will provide supervision; however they will do much if not all, of the instruction on a day to day basis.  There will also be other Graduate Assistants in the room to assist the primary instructor for that particular day.  Graduate Assistants are to be treated with the same respect and courtesy you would show to any instructor and the proper form of address to them is: Mr., Miss, Mrs., or Ms. as is appropriate for their particular situation.  They will introduce themselves in this manner at the beginning of the lab session in week 2 and they should be referred to in this manner throughout the duration of the course. 



As time allows in class and depending on class progress in each unit, a review may be offered before each exam.  At that time, students can ask any content question that they would like.  Students are not required to participate in the review, and can stay or leave as they choose.  If there are no questions related to the content of the unit, the review session will be ended.  Whether or not a review is conducted in class depends of class progress through the material for each unit and class participation in previous reviews.  If there is no time to have a formal review or, if review sessions are not being utilized, students will need to come to office hours to address any questions on class material. 



There will be 2 exams worth 50 points each.  Content for the exam will come from class discussion and your readings/textbook.  Our exam may be in multiple choice and/or short answer format.  Students are required to bring a ScanTron form (# 882-E) in order to sit for the exam along with something to write with.  Any student who does not have the correct ScanTron form and/or proper writing implements will not be allowed to sit for the exam.  Including handing out of exams and any announcements, you will have the remainder of the class period to complete the exam. 


Please return exams promptly when time is called.  Students who give prior notification for a university excused absence will be allowed to complete an alternate version of the exam outside of class.  However, students who are allowed to sit for an alternate version of a particular exam should be aware that I will not be able to calculate reliability due to small sample size.  Thus, any questions which may have shown up as unreliable during normal testing will not be discovered, and students will be required to accept the grades earned sans reliability testing. 


Students who miss an exam for what would not be considered a university excused absence or who do not give prior notification of excused absences will not be allowed to take the exam at an alternate time.  Exams one and two will be given during normal class times and exam three will be given during our final exam period. 



For privacy reason, students are not allowed to pick up exams or assignments for other students without my having prior written permission from the student who’s exam is being collected.  If you have extenuating circumstances and wish to e-mail me permission prior to handing back materials, I will be more than happy to allow the person designated in your letter to pick up your work.


Students will have 1 week to return exams to me following my handing them back (for exams 1 and 2).  All students are encouraged to check the answer key to be sure that their exams are graded correctly.  Any student who feels that a question could have been answered differently is encouraged to let me know so that we can talk about it.  If the student can make a compelling case for why a particular question could have more than one correct answer, additional points may be awarded on a case by case and student by student basis.  Students who do not turn in their exams to me within 1 week will suffer a 10% grade reduction off of their total points for each day the exam is late unless the student has a university excused absence. 


Due to exam 2 being given during finals week, students will need to come to announced office hours to review their exams.  Office hours for finals week will be announced as we approach the latter part of the semester.  Once those office hours are over, grades will be submitted and will not be altered.  All students are encouraged to come to the office hours provided to review their exams, check their grades, and resolve any issues that may have developed. 



Once I receive exam 1 back from students and all grade disputes have been discussed and resolved, I will run statistical reliability tests on every question.  If any questions is found to be unreliable in the top 33% of the class by percentage grade, that question will be removed from grade calculation and all students who missed that particular question will be credited for those points.  Students who got the question correct will not be credited any additional points.  Students who need to take an alternate version of the exam will not have their exam questions tested for reliability due to small sample size. 



Following assessment of question reliability, on unit exams 1 and 2, a curve will be applied which consists of ½ of the difference between the class mean’s percent grade and 100%.  For example, if the class mean for exam one is 50%, I will add points until the class mean equals 75%.  If the class mean for exam two is 60%, I will add points until he class mean equals 80%.  Regardless of class mean prior to application of a curve or the magnitude of curve applied, no student will be given a curve to the point that any exam or semester grade is over 100%.  Any student who misses the exam without a university excused absence will not receive any curve that may be given to the remainder of the class. 

Grading Standards




Lab assignments (5 points each) = 55 Points

Exams (50 points each) = 100 Points

Being on time to lab (1 point each) = 12 points


*Total points possible = 167 Points



Student’s letter grade is based on the individual point score converted into a percentage grade.  Based upon the student’s class performance the following letter grades will be assigned:


90 – 100 % = A                                  


80 – 89.99 % = B


70 – 79.99 % = C


60 – 69.99 % = D                               


< 60 % = F                             



Students who feel there is a grading error or who wish to gain greater knowledge as to why a particular grade was earned have 1 week following the date exams or papers are handed back to the class to express their concerns.  Following this period, all grades are set and will not be altered.  Students are encouraged to come and look at their grade on proposals and presentations prior to submission of final course grades.  Office hours will be announced in order to facilitate that process.  After grade submission is complete, no grade alterations will be made so please come by during office hours or make an appointment to see me at another time if you have concerns. 


NO STUDENT WILL BE THOUGHT OF ANY DIFFERENTLY OR PUNISHED IN ANY WAY FOR BRINGING A POTENTIAL GRADE CONCERN TO MY ATTENTION AS LONG AS THINGS ARE HANDLED IN A RESPECTFUL MANNER.  I want all students to walk away with an understanding of why you earned the grade that you did.  In addition, I want to make sure that any potential mistakes in grading on my part are taken care of immediately.  I encourage ALL students to take advantage of opportunities to discuss their grades with me throughout the semester.  I cannot treat you 100% fairly if you do not let me know about problems as they arise.  Please keep me in the loop and I will make every effort to return the favor.  

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


Late assignments will not be accepted for any reason barring the guidelines described in the attendance policy.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

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Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


üAttendance is not required (for the lecture), however it is imperative for success in this class. The student is responsible for any information presented, discussed and assigned in class regardless of whether or not the student was present. Make-up tests, quizzes, assignments, or other grades will be granted for excused absences only:

·         serious illness (doctor’s note required)

·         official university excused absences (with proper documentation and prior notification)

·         extenuating AND unusual circumstances (PRIOR approval should be obtained or direct contact made with the instructor within 24 hours of the event).  Whether or not specific circumstances quality as both extenuating AND unusual is at the discretion of the instructor on a case by case basis.  Note: minor illness (cold, flu, etc.) is neither extenuating or unusual. 

·         Documentation of the reason for any absence must be provided to the instructor.

·         In emergencies where advance notification is not possible, the student must contact the Dean of Students to initiate an official request for an excused absence (940-397-4291).


Attendance will be taken at the beginning (not the middle, or the end) of each lab session.  Each student who is in their seat at the beginning of the lab session will earn 1 point for that day.  As such, on time attendance to the lab will be work approximately 5% of your class grade.  Students who are not more than 5 minutes late will not earn a point for attendance but are still eligible to participate in the lab and may turn in an assignment the following week.  Students who are more than 5 minutes late to a given lab session may not participate in that day’s activities and may not turn in an assignment the following week and will lose both the 1 point for attendance that day and the 5 points for the assignment given in that session.  Students who do not attend a particular lab session assignment for that lab and will lose the 5 points for that week.  


Other Policies


üWhen contacting the instructor in reference to class issues via e-mail ( or other method (for example a note in my mail box or on my office door), if you do not receive confirmation that I have received your message, project, etc., within a reasonable time period (2 work days), then I did not get it!  In other words, if you do not hear back from me, please follow up to make sure we are communicating effectively!


üI do not check or respond to my work e-mail on weekends, holidays, or past the close of business during the week.  In other words, if you write me an e-mail on Friday night, don’t expect to hear back until sometime on Monday or Tuesday.


üPlease check Blackboard and your MWSU e-mail account prior to coming to class.  If I am ill or there is a change in the class location, materials required, or meeting time, I will send an e-mail out via Blackboard to all of your student accounts.


üStudents are strongly encouraged to ask, and respond to, questions in class, because this identifies problem areas for the instructor.


üIt is also recommended that every day after class you go through and review and organize the notes you have taken, rectifying the material with what you have read in the text.  Preparation immediately before the examinations is greatly facilitated by this process.


üStudents are always encouraged to come to office hours in order to ask additional questions on the material or to gain a better understanding of grades on exams or assignments. 


üPlease understand that slides are an outline and do not represent all of the information which will be covered in class.  If we talk about topics in class, unless I specify otherwise, they are fair game for exam material.  If there is something that comes up in class discussion which you do not understand, please be sure to let me know so that I can slow down and help you get it right. 


üStudent employment does not take priority over academic obligations.  This includes graduate assistantships.  I recognize that many students need to work in order to meet expenses, however, there are distinct guidelines for students in terms of the number of credit hours which should be attempted based on how many hours per week a student has outside employment.  If you have questions about this, please see your student handbook.  



Assumption of risk:

As with any activity there is an assumed risk while participating.  We will do all we can to provide a safe environment; however, you are ultimately responsible for your well-being.  The university will not be held liable for any injuries that occur. 

Any student who has a documented medical condition, (e.g. Asthma, Hypertension, Cardiac Condition, etc.), or any injury that may preclude participation in a specific activity should inform the instructor immediately. 

Arrangements will be made with an alternate activity for your participation.

Final comments:

If a student does not understand an assignment, what is expected of him/her, or is having difficulty mastering the material/skills covered as a part of this class, I am available to help!  I have an “open door” policy and students are always encouraged to call or e-mail me for an appointment, or to just come by my office at any time.  I will be more than happy to assist any student whom is having difficulty and requests help, or who just wants to dig deeper into the class material.  Please let me know if you are having any difficulty at all and do not wait until you are past the point of no return to seek help.  Many students in the past could have had better grades had they come and talked with me earlier rather than later upon recognition that there was a problem.  I can’t help you if I don’t know there is a problem!


The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the course syllabus and/or schedule at any time.  Students will always be informed of any changes made.


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