Advanced Biomechanics

Course code EXSS3060Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course assumes an understanding of biomechanics and builds on the student's understanding of biomechanical and research principles taught in EXSS2020 Biomechanics. Students are afforded the opportunity to scientifically measure the physical attributes of human motion. This includes the quantitative analysis of human motion through the use of bioinstrumentation during dynamic performance. A detailed analysis of the gait pattern of human locomotion, from both a clinical and sport science perspective, and investigations into the mechanics of tissues and their function, are integral features of this course. These skills and knowledge are integral to the problem solving nature of human movement science. Students will also learn how to interpret the data recorded by biomechanical equipment, and how to apply this to the body of knowledge in sport science.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Work Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an objective and scientific approach to the study of human motion;
2. Critically analyse the gait pattern of human locomotion, and be able to identify normal and pathological gait function;
3. Critically analyse the gait pattern of dynamic sporting movements, and be able to identify parameters integral to successful movement execution;
4. Describe how the properties of tissue affect their dynamic function;
5. Perform data collection using various methods of biomechanical equipment, including electromyography, force plates, and motion capture systems;
6. Critically analyse biomechanical data in a research or laboratory report;
7. Design and conduct a research project incorporating biomechanical data collection;
8. Cooperate successfully as part of a research group.
Content* Introduction to Advanced Biomechanics
* Clinical Gait Analysis
* Gait Analysis of Dynamic Movements
* 2D and 3D Motion Analysis
* Force Plates and Ground Reaction Force
* Electromyography and Muscle Activation
* Tissue Properties
* Biomechanics of Injury
* Effects of Fatigue on Muscle Function
* Balance and Posture
Replacing Course(s)SPOR3060 Advanced Biomechanics.
TransitionCannot count for credit with SPOR3060 Advanced Biomechanics.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHYS1150 Everyday Physics
EXSS2020 or SPOR2020 Biomechanics
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Presentations - Group
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWork Health and Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory lab induction and safety induction (testing equipment usage).
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EXSS3060