In this unit, students further develop the analytical skills learned in first year biomechanics and apply these skills to real-world sporting applications. Using qualitative and quantitative biomechanical analysis skills, cameras and analysis software, biomechanical principles are used to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of an individual's technique. Students perform a research-based analysis and a servicing-based report for an athlete to explore both the scientific aspect of sports biomechanics as well as the applied component where this data needs to be condensed and presented in a coach/athlete friendly way. Students also explore high level lab-based technologies to explore the forces and motions in sports skills, balance and injury.

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AHE1202 - Biomechanics or

NEF1102 - Engineering Physics 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Clarify the role of sports biomechanics and recognise and distinguish its relationship with complementary roles;  
  2. Employ professional judgement to apply appropriate methods to set up, record, analyse and interpret sports skills;  
  3. Scrutinise and assess the athletic performance of skills by applying biomechanical principles to provide servicing for the enhancement of technique;  
  4. In collaboration with others, demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice; and  
  5. Present a clear coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas to differentiated audiences (specifically sporting and scientific).  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test 2 x quizzes (15% each) 30%
Test Practical skills test 20%
Project Report and presentation 50%
Hurdle 1: To gain an overall pass in this unit students must attend and complete 80% of the laboratory sessions. Hurdle 2: Successful completion of practical skills test.

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