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SES2202 Biomechanics

Semester 2, 2022 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Ben Hoffman


Pre-requisite: BIO1203 and SES1002
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BIO1206 and SES1299


This course outlines the mechanical principles underlying human movement as they apply to the unique needs of clients across a range of populations and requirements. Practical and theoretical aspects in testing, analysing and evaluating human movement and designing programs

This course examines biomechanics and its relationship to humans in movement across a range of groups in the population. It outlines the theoretical basis of human performance and provides practical opportunities to measure human performance. It provides the opportunity to analyse the data and design programs to meet the specific needs of clients. The importance of research in biomechanics for best practice and the interaction with relevant discipline areas will be presented.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Describe biomechanical principles, and how they relate specifically to the analysis of various forms of human movement to demonstrate an understanding of movement analysis and skills, and the physical effects of human interaction with equipment and the environment.
  2. Apply the principles of the biomechanical analysis of human movement to activities of daily living across a broad range of populations.
  3. Analyse biomechanical problems and develop relevant intervention strategies to the movement context.
  4. Identify and interpret relevant biomechanics measurements for a client’s needs and identify specific aspects of movement patterns important for performance improvement.
  5. Apply appropriate communication to explain scientific data and movement techniques to clients and other professionals.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Outline of Biomechanics. Terms and definitions – biomechanics and mechanics. Biomechanical principles and human movement. Mechanical theory and the body. Mechanical levers and laws of motion. Nature and application to lifespan and special populations (in health and exercise environments) and conditions – injury, disability, disease, gender, children, aged. Human interaction with surfaces and equipment in the environment (e.g., work and exercise) and impact on safety. 30.00
2. Biomechanical analysis of human movement. Qualitative and quantitative analysis. Musculoskeletal system movement analysis and the client. Muscle and joint functioning. Movement asymmetry. Technique/skill performance. 15.00
3. Practical skill competencies: Nature and appropriate use of testing and monitoring equipment. Conducting and interpreting biomechanical measurements for specific needs of clients – communication skills. Movement pattern identification and analysis – various activities (e.g., gait analysis). Video analysis and computing software use. Design and implement relevant programs and provide feedback to clients. 40.00
4. Biomechanics research: Qualitative and quantitative research. Research consultancy and support (e.g., sport). Research in biomechanics and relationship with other discipline areas such as motor learning and exercise physiology. Application of biomechanics. Communication and/or reporting of scientific data and movement techniques. 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

McGinnis, P 2020, Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise, 4th edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
Tracker – Video Analysis and Modelling Tool software v 6.0.1. Available for free download: On- campus students can access the software at computer labs and library computers at the Ipswich campus.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 20 1,2,3
Assignments Written Workbook A1 of 3 No 10 1,3
Assignments Written Workbook A2 of 3 No 10 1,3
Assignments Written Workbook A3 of 3 No 20 1,4,5
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 40 1,2,3
Date printed 30 June 2022