HLTH SC 2101 - Fundamentals of Biomechanics and Human Movement
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
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General Course Information
Course Code HLTH SC 2101 Course Fundamentals of Biomechanics and Human Movement Coordinating Unit Medicine Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites ANAT SC 1102 Assumed Knowledge Level 1 Mathematics Course Description Biomechanics is the study of the effect of forces on the human body. This course will introduce students to the mechanical principles that can be applied to human structure and function allowing analysis of human movement and the musculoskeletal system. Basic mechanics (statics, kinematics and dynamics) will be studied in two dimensions. The biomechanics of human gait walking and running will be investigated. The students understanding of these concepts will be examined through the study of normal gait dynamics, muscle function, work and power. An awareness of the mechanics of tissues in the musculoskeletal system will be introduced as applied to exercise prescription and injury. The theoretical basis of methods for assessing movement, both quantitative and qualitative, will also be introduced enabling basic practical analysis of common movements to be performed.
Course Coordinator: Dr Simranjit SidhuCourse Coordinator for 2016
Dr Simranjit Sidhu
Lecturer: A/Prof Paul Grimshaw (School of Mechanical Engineering)
Ph: 8313 4367
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.1 x 2 hour lecture/week, 1 x 2 hour tutorial/laboratory per week
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Understand and apply concepts and terminology within the area of biomechanics 2 Describe how biomechanical factors influence motion in sport and exercise 3 Demonstrate an understanding of statics, kinematics and kinetics in human movement 4 Evaluate movement and estimate force on human structures during exercise and sports 5 Demonstrate an understanding of how changes of movement patterns and techniques will influence the load on human tissues during movement
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Sports biomechanics : the basics : optimising human performance . Blazevich, Anthony. A & CB, 2007.
Principles of Biomechanics. Ronald L . Huston. CRC Press 2008
Biomechanics: Principles and Applications. Edited by Daniel J . Schneck and Joseph D . Bronzino. CRC Press 2002
Biomechanics in Ergonomics. Taylor and Francis. 1999. Kumar, S. (ed)
Fundamentals of Biomechanics (Second Edition). Knudson, D. 2007. Springer
Biomechanics in Sport. Zatsiorsky, V (ed). 2000. Wiley
Introduction to Sports Biomechanics. Taylor and Francis. 2007. Bartlett, R (ed)
Online LearningElectronic lectures will be housed on the course page located in MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The course will be delivered via the use of both electronic (recorded and in-person) and face-to-face sessions (tutorials and laboratory classes). The content of the electronic/online material will be rehearsed and supported by face to face/guided tutorials incorporating practical case scenarios using specific measurement techniques (required skills) to explore concepts.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Students will be required to attend 1 x 2-hour large group sessions (lectorials) and 1 x 2-hour tutorial/laboratory class per week.
Learning Activities Summary
Week Module Theme Online task topic Practical/tutorial 1 Kinematics Descriptors of Motion (A1)
Linear Motion (A2)
Anatomical Planes and Axes
2 Angular Motion (A3)
Linear and Angular Motion (A4)
Angular Motion 3 Measurement Techniques Uniform Acceleration (A7)
Opto-Electronic Techniques (F1)
2D LABORATORY 4 Kinetics Forces (B1)
Newton's Laws - Linear Motion (B2)
Projectile Motion, Vectors
5 Newton's Laws Impulse and Momentum (B3)
Torque and Moment of Force (C1)
6 Measurement Techniques Newton's Laws - angular motion (C2)
The Force Platform (F5)
FORCE PLATE LABORATORY 7
Centre of Gravity
Moment of Inertia
Moment of Inertia (C3)
Centre of Gravity (C4)
Angular Momentum, Moment of Inertia 8 Levers (C6)
Work, Power and Energy (D1)
Levers, Moments. 9 Measurement Techniques Conservation of Energy (D2)
ELECTROMYOGRAPHY LABORATORY 10 Sporting Applications Mechanical characteristics of materials (D3)
Biomechanical characteristics of running (E2)
Energy, Work, Power. 11 Injury Biomechanical characteristics of jumping (E3)
Propulsion through a fluid (E5)
Presentations 12 Measurement Techniques Injury (E6)
Anthropometry, Biomechanics and Sports Equipment Design (F9)
Centre of Mass, Centre of Gravity
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Assessment task Assessment type Weighting Learning course outcome(s) being addressed 1. Written Test Summative 10% 1-5 2. Laboratory Report Summative 20% 4 3. Presentation Summative 15% 1 4. Tutorial Book Summative 5% 1-5 4. Final examination Summative 50% 1-5
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Students must successfully complete and pass all assessments to be eligible to pass this course.
Assessment task 1 – Written Test (10%)
This will be a written test of 1hr duration that is conducted in the tutorial time in week 5. The test will contain a range of written (short answers) responses. The test will be based upon the concepts and theory learned in the course thus far. The test mark will contribute 10% to the final mark for this course.
Assessment task 2 – Laboratory Report (20%)
This report (2000 words total) will consist of a laboratory class practical written up as a report (2000 word limit maximum). The
laboratory report will be marked as one report and will contribute 20% to the final mark of the course. The assessed laboratory practical classes will take place in Weeks 6 and 7. The report will need to be submitted by Friday of Week 8.
Assessment task 3 – Presentation (15%)
In groups of between two and four people, you are required to present a 12-minute PowerPoint presentation to the rest of the class. The talk must be strictly no longer than 12 minutes, however it may be delivered in a shorter time frame. Groups will receive a 2 minute warning and will be stopped when 12-minutes is reached. The topic of your presentation must be taken from ONE of the papers that were presented at the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Congress and these pdfs can be accessed from the website link provided. This will take place in Week 11.
Assessment task 4 – Tutorial Workbook (5%)
A complete tutorial workbook showing all attempts at the 9 tutorials that were presented throughout the course is required. While it is not expected that you will have a perfect solution to all these problems it is expected that you will have attempted all of them. This will be required by Friday of Week 12.
Assessment task 5 – Final Written Exam (50%)
This will be an open book written examination that is conducted in the University examination week (weeks 15/16). The examination will contain a range of written questions (5 questions) and you will be required to answer ALL questions. The examination will be based upon the concepts and theory learned in the course (this includes lectures, laboratory classes and additional reading and work sheets). The examination mark will contribute 50% to the final mark for this course.
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