This unit introduces students to biomechanical concepts and relatedness to common real-world issues in field of sports and exercise. Students will learn the biomechanics terminology, fundamental problem solving and analysis techniques, and major theories. Linear and angular kinematics and kinetics concepts will be learnt through guided project work that investigates (i) linear kinematics of sports match analysis, (ii) angular kinematics and projectile motion of sports movement technique, (iii) linear and angular kinetics of human impacts during locomotion and agile movements, and (iv) friction, work and energy associated with sports equipment.

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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 - 3 progressive assessments @ 7% each 21%
Report Report on practical task - 3 progressive assessments @ 15% each 45%
Presentation Present data on practical task - 4 progressive assessments @ 5% each 20%
Test End-of-unit test 14%

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