Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Biomechanics is the study of the science of motion via the application of the mechanical branch of physics to a living organism. To understand motion, the internal and external forces acting on a body (kinetics) and the effects produced by these forces to create motion (kinematics) will be taught. By examining the principles of the theoretical mechanics applicable to the study of human motion, this course will teach practical skills on how to qualitatively and quantitatively analyse human movement relevant to a client’s needs. It will introduce selected biomechanical techniques available for quantifying movement patterns important for performance improvement and injury reduction.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2022

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. Quantify the kinematics and kinetics of human movement using the mathematics of mechanics (ESSA 2.2.1);

3. Identify and describe how mechanical principles affect and direct performance and injury prevention in human movement and sport (ESSA 2.2.1, 2.2.2; 2.2.6);

4. Apply the processes of qualitative and quantitative movement analysis to identify specific aspects of movement patterns important for performance improvement and injury reduction (ESSA 2.2.3; 2.2.4; 2.2.5, 2.2.6).


  • Introduction to biomechanics
  • Qualitative analysis of human motion
  • Kinematics
  • Kinetics
  • Projectile motion
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Collisions, momentum and impulse
  • Work, power and energy
  • Introduction to quantitative analysis of movement patterns

Assumed knowledge

HUBS1108 Musculoskeletal Anatomy

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Examination

Presentation: Movement Analysis Multimedia Presentation

In Term Test: Practical Exam in Class

Report: Movement Case Studies

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - 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.

Contact hours



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


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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