HLTH SC 2106 - Fundamentals of Biomechanics and Human Movement
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code HLTH SC 2106 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 9 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites ANAT SC 1102 (and at least 15 units of other Level I courses) Restrictions Not available to students who have completed HLTH SC 2101 Course Description The course will consist of study in applied biomechanical aspects related to sport and human movement. In summary, this course provides an opportunity to define the biomechanical mechanisms involved in human movement. The course will provide knowledge of: planes and axes of motion, linear and angular kinematics and kinetics of motion, Newton's laws of motion, conservation of momentum and impulse-momentum relationships, centre of gravity, balance and stability, mechanical work, power and energy, fluid dynamics, friction, leverage and materials; sports injuries; measurement techniques, qualitative and quantitative analysis.
Course Coordinator: Dr Simranjit Sidhu
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Define and use concepts and terminology within the area of biomechanics
2. Explain how biomechanical factors influence motion in sport and exercise
3. Show knowledge of statics, kinematics and kinetics
4. Analyze and evaluate movements and techniques for training and sports from a biomechanical perspective
5. Identify changes of movement patterns and techniques for increasing or decreasing the load on human tissues
6. Determine the effect of force on human structures while performing basic movements, such as gait, running and jumping
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1 - 6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3, 4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
5, 6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1 - 6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
4 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
2, 4, 5, 6
Required ResourcesGrimshaw P N, Cole M, Burden A & Fowler N (2019). Instant notes: sport and exercise biomechanics - 2ndedition. Routledge publishers. London. UK.
Recommended Resources• Other online resources
International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) home page at the following address:
International Society of Biomechanics in Sport (ISBS) home page at the following address:
• Catalogues and databases
Data base information provided in lectures
• Other resources available (for example, software, video and audio)
Comparable laboratory reports.
Comparable examination papers and tests.
Online LearningThe University’s extensive learning environment – Canvas, will be used to support this course and it will include weekly announcements, discussion boards, quizzes, lecture recordings, web links and supporting material.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures, laboratory classes and tutorials are designed to explain/clarify important concepts that will not be acquired from just reading the course text. In addition, the lectures form the basis of the written examinations. The laboratory class forms the basis of the written laboratory report (these are some of the assessed items within this course). There will be a small percentage of course marks for attending the tutorials and completing the work. The laboratory classes will be problem based and this will use the knowledge gained from the lectures in solving an applied practical problem. The tutorials are designed to support the laboratory classes with additional learning and support and also to provide an opportunity to expand on the information presented/gained in the lectures.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Lectures - 12x2 = 24hours
Tutorials - 8x2 = 16hours
Laboratory Classes - 4x2 = 8hours
Learning Activities Summary
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Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe laboratory classes are a small group discovery experience. Students will work in lab classes of up to 15 and work together on problems in groups of 4-5. The group presentation is also an experience of a small group discovery where the students in groups of 4-5 deliver a presentation on a particular relevant topic within the area (for example the use of one-piece fast skin costumes in Swimming).
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Assessment Related RequirementsThe students are required to attend all the laboratory classes (N=4) and tutorials (N=8) and submit a complete laboratory report (20%) and tutorial workbook (5%). The students are also required to give their group presentations (15%).
Assessment DetailASSESSMENT 1 Written Test (10%)
This will be a written test of 1hr duration (closed book) that is conducted in the tutorial time or lecture 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 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 Week 6 (and part of week 7). The report will need to be submitted by Week 9.
ASSESSMENT 3 Presentations (15%)
In groups of between two and four people, students 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 the presentation must be taken from ONE of the papers that were presented at the 2015 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports conference and these pdfs can be accessed from the website link provided online (also below). This will take place in Week 11. All students in the group will receive the same mark.
ASSESSMENT 4 Tutorial Workbook (5%)
A complete tutorial workbook showing all attempts at the tutorials that were presented throughout the course is required. While it is not expected that students will have a perfect solution to all these problems it is expected that they will have attempted all of them. This will be required by Friday of Week 12.
ASSESSMENT 5 Written Examination (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 students 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, tutorials and additional reading and worksheets). The examination mark will contribute 50% to the final mark for this course.
Comparable past exam papers may be obtained and these may be put online.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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