Advanced Biomechanics

Unit code: AHE3101 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
AHE2102 - Sports Biomechanics
AHE1202 - Biomechanics (applicable for ABHE students ONLY)
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit aims to develop advanced skills, techniques and concepts in biomechanics. Students will learn how to use a variety of biomechanics measurement instruments across different movement tasks. Biomechanics concepts will be taught through a focus on gait, fundamental movement tasks, muscle mechanics and impacts. Advanced data processing and analysis techniques will be performed on signals derived from accelerometers, electromyography, dynamometry, foot pressure, three-dimensional kinematics and kinetics. Students will synthesize a range of derived information, collected from a variety of conditions, to create a deep understanding of the biomechanics of movement and its control.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically review the procedures of different technical and analytical skills used to quantify human movement;
  2. Interpret biomechanical data accurately and synthesise information in the context of the movement task and biomechanics theory communicate the outcomes effectively;
  3. Apply the analytical and technical skills necessary to perform a biomechanical analysis of human movement tasks (with an emphasis on gait); and,
  4. Quantify biomechanical principles as they relate to health, exercise and sport from both performance-enhancement and injury- prevention perspectives.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
Class test
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 30%
Laboratory report
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 40%
Group research project / presentation

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

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