This unit investigates the biomechanics concepts and theories used to evaluate normal and pathological movement. The practical part of the unit provides students with useful experience in applying biomechanical techniques, measurement and assessment of human movement (mostly gait). This applied learning is used to assess unhealthy movement function and the prescription and evaluation of treatment methods.

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AHE1202 - Biomechanics

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Utilise biomechanics principles, concepts and theory and relate them to the context of common movement tasks in normal and pathological conditions;  
  2. Describe the phases of the gait cycle using kinesiology, kinematics and kinetics principles, concepts and theories;  
  3. Analyse and evaluate gait data and synthesise the evidence in a service report to a client;  
  4. Evaluate the benefits and limitations associated with different measurement equipment used in biomechanics; and  
  5. Contrast differences between two running conditions utilising biomechanical theory.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Ten online quizzes throughout semester- multiple choice 25%
Report Client service report 20%
Report Research report 20%
Examination Final exam - short and long answer questions 35%
Hurdle: To gain an overall pass in this unit students must attend and complete 80% of the laboratory sessions.

Required reading

Biomechanics in clinic and research, 1st ed
Richards, J 2008.

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