Advanced Biomechanics


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.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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.


  • 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)

This course replaces the following course(s): SPOR3060. Students who have successfully completed SPOR3060 are not eligible to enrol in EXSS3060.

Assumed Knowledge

PHYS1150 Everyday Physics EXSS2020 or SPOR2020 Biomechanics

Assessment Items

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

Presentation: Presentations - Group

Participation: Group/Tutorial participation and contribution

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory lab induction and safety induction (testing equipment usage).

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term