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 Short answer questions (online) 20%
Test Short answer questions (supervised) 20%
Report Report on practical task (500 words) 25%
Examination Final exam 35%

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