ORT&TRAU 2106 - Fundamentals of Biomechanics and Human Movement
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code ORT&TRAU 2106 Course Fundamentals of Biomechanics and Human Movement Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences 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 MEDIC ST 1000B or 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: Associate Professor Dominic Thewlis
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
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 Analyse 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
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Required ResourcesThere are no required textbooks for this course. The material covered has been collated from a number of resources including peer-reviewed scientific literature.
Recommended ResourcesE books (available via university library website)
Jim Richards (ed) The comprehensive textbook of clinical biomechanics, 2018
Roger Bartlett (ed) Introduction to Sports Biomechanics, 2007
Journals (available online for University students)
Journal of Biomechanics
Gait & Posture
Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise
American Journal of Sports Medicine
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Journal of Applied Biomechanics
Online LearningThe majority of material (excluding E-Books) will be available through MyUni. The course delivers its material though a series of weekly videos covering key theory content. This is reinforced through face-to-face classes. MyUni is used as the primary mode of communication, so it's imperative that students check-in regularly.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course is delivered through a combination of online lectures (broken down into short sections), workshops and practical classes. The workshop classes are designed to reinforce the theory content covered in the online lectures, however, it is critical that students come prepared having reviewed the theory content prior to the workshop. Knowledge of theory content will be assessed at the end of each workshop through a short quiz. We will have up to six practical classes throughout the semester. These are designed to provide students with first-hand experience of working with key biomechanical tools and data management.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The standard undergraduate and postgraduate coursework workload for a full-time student is 48 hours per week which equates to 12 hours
per 3-unit course. Fundamentals of Biomechanics and Human Movement is a 3-unit course, so there is an expectation that students will, on average, spend 12 hours per week working on course related activities. A typical week could be broken down as follows: (1) 2 hours of online theory content; (2) 2 hour workshop; (3) 2 hour practical; (4) 4 hours of assessment-related activities; and (5) 2 hours of reading and additional study to reinforce learning.
Learning Activities SummaryStudents will cover the following. Assessments are scheduled to align with the theory and practical content of the course.
Intro to terminology used in biomechanics
Neuromuscular control of Human Movement
Muscle contraction, muscle force,
and muscle actions
Measuring muscle activity
Kinematics of Human Movement
Movement of the human body in space
Movement of joints of the human body
Motion of a body in space and through fluids
Forces acting outside of the body
Gravity and its effect on the human body
Ground reaction forces
Forces acting inside the body
Generating forces to move objects
Muscle forces to move limbs
Applications of measurements and principles
Stress, strain and elasticity
Applied examples of biomechanics in action
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Type of Assessment % of Total Assessment Weighting Hurdle Course Learning Outcome(s) being assessed Mid-semester test Summative 10% 1,2,3 Laboratory Report Summative 30% 2,3,4,6 Group video presentation Summative 25% 1,2,4 11 weekly quizzes Summative 10% 1,2,3,4,5,6 Written exam Summative 25% 1,2,3,5,6
Assessment Related RequirementsWeekly quizzes
These will open at the end of the weekly workshop class, therefore, attendance is a requirement. Students will have 15 minutes set aside
in class time to take each quiz.
Activities in the practical classes are directly linked tothis assessment item.
Assessment DetailWritten Test (10%)
The test will be scheduled online for week five of the semester. This will be an open book online quiz which can be taken any time in the pre-allocated window. The test will be a mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions. The content assessed will be taken from weeks 1-4.
Laboratory Report (30%)
This report (1500 words total) will be based on an experiment run in a practical class. The assessed laboratory practical classes will take place in Week 6 with support for processing and interpretation of the data in week 7. The report will need to be submitted by Week 9.
Group Video Presentations (25%)
In groups of between two and four people, students are required to prepare a 10-minute video summarising a recent paper from a conference in the field of biomechanics. Students will be provided with a wide range of papers to select. The aim of this presentation is to articulate complex scientific terms in ways the general public can understand. The video will be due in week 12.
11 weekly quizzes (10%)
Weekly quizzes will provide an ongoing assessment of students’ knowledge and understanding. These short (~5 questions) quizzes will
take place at the end of each workshop class (week 1-11). The sum of all quizzes is equal to 10% for the course. The quizzes will be taken online.
Written Examination (25%)
This will be a closed book written examination that is conducted in the University examination week. The examination will contain a range of written questions (mixture of short answer and long answer questions). The examination will be based upon the concepts and theory learned in the course (this includes lectures, workshops, and practical classes). The examination mark will contribute 25% to the final mark for this course.X
Group Video Presentations
11 weekly quizzes
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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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