The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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.


  • 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


This course replaces SPOR2020. If you have successfully completed SPOR2020 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

PHYS1150 Everyday Physics

HUBS1108 Musculoskeletal Anatomy

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Examination Formal *

Presentation: Presentations Group/Individual

In Term Test: Mid Semester Test

Participation: Group/Tutorial participation and contribution

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend 80% of the scheduled laboratories to ensure practical skill competency is demonstrated within the course. If a student cannot meet the compulsory requirement of 80% attendance they must apply for adverse circumstances with supporting documentation for non-attendance.
  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in the course students must complete a compulsory laboratory induction and WH&S induction including testing equipment usage and emergency evacuation procedures.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must gain a mark of at least 40% in the final formal examination

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