Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 120-minute lecture weekly
6 x 120-minute tutorials per semester
6 x 120-minute practicals per semester
Prerequisites
EXSC1001 - Fundamentals of Exercise Science
Topic description
  1. Concepts and Definitions of Biomechanics
  2. Joints and Muscles
  3. Linear Kinematics
  4. Angular Kinematics
  5. Centre of Gravity and Centre of Mass
  6. Linear Kinetics
  7. Newtons Laws of Motion
  8. Angular Kinetics
  9. Work, Energy & Power
  10. Injury
  11. Applications
Educational aims
This topic provides a foundation for the principle of biomechanics, introducing students to the mechanical analysis of human motion. On completion, students will be able to accurately describe, analyse and evaluate movement using basic biomechanical principles as they apply to the needs of the population.
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of the topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of linear and angular motion and the relationship between force and motion as it applies to movement of the human body
  2. Describe biomechanical principles and how they relate to the analysis of various forms of human movement to demonstrate an understanding of health and injury
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the terminology, conventions and equipment used in the measurement and analysis of biomechanics
  4. Apply the principles of the biomechanical analysis of human movement in the context of health, exercise, sport and activities of daily living in a variety of populations
  5. Effectively use instrumentation and equipment to qualitatively and quantitatively analyse human and object motion
  6. Effectively communicate biomechanics knowledge in various forms (eg. reports, abstracts, lab books)