Unit code: AHE1202 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Relate and attribute biomechanical concepts and terminology to relevant human movement and equipment in sport situations;
  2. Exemplify and solve simple vector models that describe kinematics and kinetics properties of human movement and equipment in sport situations;
  3. Measure and derive kinematics and kinetics properties relevant to human movement and equipment in sport situations;
  4. Summarise, substantiate and articulate appropriate data quantification techniques and processes that extract biomechanical properties in prescribed situations; and,
  5. Interpret, deduce and articulate the biomechanical features that differentiate conditions that affect the performance of humans and their interaction with equipment in sports situations.


For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

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

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