Biomechanics

Course code SPOR2020Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course assumes an understanding of basic physics and anatomy and establishes a knowledge base of biomechanical principles and research techniques. Biomechanics is the study of internal and external forces acting on a body (kinetics) and the effects produced by these forces (kinematics). This course examines principles of theoretical mechanics applicable to the study of human motion, details how to qualitatively analyse human movement and introduces selected biomechanical techniques available for quantifying human performance.

This course has a Compulsory Course Component in the final examination.

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

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Explain what biomechanics is and how it can be used to analyse human movement;
2. Use the mathematics of mechanics to quantify the kinematics and kinetics of human movement;
3. Describe how mechanical principles affect and direct performance in human movement and sport;
4. Describe the qualitative analysis of human movement;
5. Describe the techniques used to quantitatively analyse human movement (e.g. force plates, electromyography, motion capture), and acquire introductory skills in using these methods.
Content- Introduction to Biomechanics
- Qualitative Motion Analysis
- Kinematics
- Kinetics
- Projectile Motion
- Fluid Mechanics
- Collisions, Momentum and Impulse
- Kinetic Link Principle
- Energy and Elasticity
- Introduction to Quantitative Motion Analysis
Replacing Course(s)None
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHYS1150 Physics for Biotechnologists I
HUBS1108 Musculoskeletal Anatomy
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Laboratory
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: FormalThis component has a Compulsory Course Component. A mark of at least 40% in the final examination is required to demonstrate that the students' understanding of the objectives 2, 3, 4 and 5 that relate to the assessment, measurement and qualitative analysis of human movement.

On passing the final exam, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student has satisfied the Compulsory Course Component.

All students sitting the examination will be judged to have had sufficient opportunity to demonstrate their attainment of the relevant course objectives. Those students who fail to satisfy the Compulsory Course Component will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Presentations - Group
Presentations - Individual
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 ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Components: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory lab induction.