Available in 2017, 2018

Course handbook


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.

Availability2017 Course Timetables2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an objective and scientific approach to the study of human motion;

2. Critically analyse human movement to be able to identify normal normal and pathological gait function and the parameters integral to successful movement execution;

3. Identify and explain biomechanical factors during human motion that interact and contribute to mechanism of sporting injury;

4. Describe how the biomechanical properties of tissue adapt to loading;

5. Explain and apply the principles of kinetic and kinematic data collection and analysis of various biomechanical methods and equipment;

6. Critically analyse biomechanical data on a movement task and author a research report that provides the appropriate recommendations aimed at improving performance, reducing the likelihood of injury and/or enhancing rehabilitation;

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
  • Three dimensional Motion Analysis of Human Movement
  • Force Transducers
  • Electromyography and Muscle Activation
  • Biomechanical Tissue Properties
  • Biomechanics of Injury


Must have completed EXSS2020 to enrol in this course. This course replaces SPOR3060. Cannot enrol in this course if you have completed SPOR3060.

Assumed knowledge

PHYS1150 Everyday Physics EXSS2020 or SPOR2020 Biomechanics

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Written Assignment: Research Proposal

Written Assignment: Biomechanics Report

Participation: Group/Tutorial participation and contribution

In Term Test: Mid semester exam

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.

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