Anatomy and Physiology of the Musculoskeletal System


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge about the basic components of the human musculoskeletal system and their function to assist and produce human movement (e.g. anatomy, physiology and neuroscience). 
  • Be able to identify human body structure and function with reference to body positions using the anatomical planes and terminology. 
  • Have knowledge on the nomenclature and function of the diverse joints, bones and muscles involved in general human movement. 
  • Have knowledge about how active and passive elements of the musculoskeletal system develop, deteriorate and remodel with respect to aging, loading and diseases. 


  • Can identify human anatomical structures (e.g., joints, bones and muscles) and their function within the musculoskeletal system. 
  • Can describe the basic process of muscle function, recruitment and how aging, diseases and interventions influence function. 
  • Can outline the relevance of active and passive anatomical structures in human movement.


  • Be able to communicate the application of anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system knowledge to bioengineering solutions. 
  • Be able to identify the impact of neurodegenerative or mechanical deficits caused by diseases/trauma with the specific anatomical structures.  
  • Can explain the influence of instrumentations, such as orthoses and surgery, may have on the musculoskeletal system. 

Type of instruction

The teaching is organized in accordance with the general form of teaching. Please see the programme cirruculum §17.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module the expected workload is 150 hours for the student.



Name of examAnatomy and Physiology of the Musculoskeletal System
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aidsInformation about allowed helping aids for the examination will be published in the description of the semester/module.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleAnatomi og fysiologi af det muskelskeletale system
Module codeM-BM-K1-2
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science