Available in 2022
Course code

EXSS3060

Units

10 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course assumes an understanding of biomechanics and builds on the students’ understanding of biomechanical principles and practical skills to analyse movement patterns 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 learn industry-relevant practical biomechanical skills to identify specific aspects of movement patterns important for performance improvement and injury reduction: including how to measure and analyse three-dimensional motion using biomechanical equipment; and how to interpret and apply this data to inform exercise prescription practices relevant to the client’s needs.


Availability2022 Course Timetables

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Classify and quantify normal and pathological gait movement (ESSA 2.2.2; 2.2.3; 2.2.4, 2.2.5; 2.2.6);

2. Evaluate the biomechanical factors during human motion that interact and contribute to mechanisms of sporting injury and optimise performance (ESSA 2.2.2; 2.2.3; 2.2.4, 2.2.5; 2.2.6);

3. Discriminate how the biomechanical properties of tissue adapt to loading (ESSA 2.2.1; 2.2.6);

4. Capture and critically analyse three-dimensional human movement analysis using industry standard biomechanical methods and equipment to aid in exercise prescription (ESSA 2.2.3; 2.2.4, 2.2.5; 2.2.6);

5. Communicate recommendations for improving performance, reducing injury likelihood and/or enhancing rehabilitation based on their biomechanical assessment of their client’s motion (ESSA 2.2.3; 2.2.4, 2.2.5).


Content

•       Clinical Gait Analysis

•       Three-dimensional Motion Analysis of Human Movement

•       Inertial Measurement Units

•       Force Transducers

•       Electromyography and Muscle Activation

•       Biomechanical Tissue Properties

•       Biomechanics of Injury and Sporting Performance


Requisite

You must have successfully completed EXSS2020 to enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

EXSS2020


Assessment items

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Movement Case Study

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: 3D Motion Case Study

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Gait Case Study


Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Computer Lab: 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: 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

Ourimbah

Computer Lab

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

To run concurrently with the normal laboratory classes.

Laboratory

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

To run concurrently with the computer laboratory.

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

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

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