This unit introduces students to: biomechanical concepts and terminology associated with kinetics and kinematics; human motion and ways to measure it in biomechanical research; forces applied to humans and equipment during sport and exercise; and some biomechanical analysis techniques.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate biomechanical concepts and terminology and exemplify using relevant human movement and sport situations;  
  2. Appraise types of human motion and deduce ways to measure it's various elements;  
  3. Articulate, exemplify and compute the forces that are applied to humans and equipment during sport and exercise;  
  4. Deduce and substantiate appropriate biomechanical analysis techniques in prescribed situations; and  
  5. Deduce the appropriate skills of biomechanics to measure movement, compute performance indicators, critically analyse and diagnose movement techniques.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Quizzes - 6 progressive assessments @ 5% each 30%
Report Report on practical task - 3 progressive assessments @ 10% each 30%
Presentation Present data on practical task - 4 progressive assessments @ 5% each 20%
Test End-of-unit test 20%

Required reading

Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement, 4th Ed
Joseph Hamill, Kathleen Knutzen, Timothy R. Derrick,
Melbourne/Wolters Kluwer

This text book includes material that complements second and third year biomechanics, and first and second year kinesiology.

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