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Physiology, anatomy and biomechanics IDR131

Students will be introduced to basic anatomical structures, physiological processes and mechanical principles of the human body. Among others, this includes the skeletal and muscular systems, the heart and circulation, energy metabolism and Newton's laws. The course will give the students a basis for understanding physiological processes that take place in the human body as a result of physical and motor stimulation, as well as being able to analyze human movements from a biomechanical perspective.

Course description for study year 2021-2022

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At the end of the course, students are expected to possess knowledge of:

  • Anatomical structures, physiological processes and mechanical principles related to physical activity, movement and sports
  • Human physical capacity and performance 
  • Relations between physical activity, lifestyle and health


At the end of the course, the student should have acquired these skills:

  • Explain how anatomical structures, physiological processes and mechanical principles enables the body to create power and movement.
  • Assess physiological characteristics as a basis for individual guidance in physical activity and sports.
  • Analyze basic movements in various sports activities based on mechanical / organic principles and guidelines.

General competence 

At the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  • Utilize physiology, anatomy, and movement theory to increase performance.
  • Assess how changes in internal (physiological and anatomical) or external (environmental) conditions, as well as technical execution, affects performance.
  • Assess the relationships between physical activity and health to guide lifestyle changes.
  • Terms in anatomy, physiology and biomechanics
  • Basic cell and tissue physiology
  • Energy metabolism and the turnover of nutrients in rest and work
  • Hormone system, fluid balance and temperature regulation
  • Structure and function of: Skeleton, nervous system and muscles - Cardiovascular and respiratory organs
  • Central muscle groups in the trunk, upper and lower extremities
  • Lifting technique, sports injuries and rehabilitation
  • Movement analysis of simple strength exercises and complex sports movements
Required prerequisite knowledge

Two written exams

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/2 3 Hours A - F None permitted
Written exam 1/2 3 Hours A - F None permitted

Coursework requirements
Multiple choice, Individual, Bevegelsesanalyser
  • Multiple-choice assignments with physiological, anatomical  and mechanical terms, respectively, must be approved prior to final exam.
  • An individual assignment (1500-2000 words) related to a physiological topic, with a focus  on academic writing, 
  • Submission of three human movement analyzes, of which one is presented orally in class. The work is carried out in groups.
Course teacher(s)
Course teacher: Håvard Myklebust
Course teacher: Andreas Åvitsland
Course teacher: Bjørnar Kjellstadli
Study Program Director: Eva Leibinger
Programme coordinator: Ivar Bjørnsen
Method of work
Lectures, student presentations, individual assignments, group assignments and independent study.
The syllabus can be found in Leganto