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Lismore Session 2 Session 2

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Introduces students to qualitative and quantitative methods for analysing human movement. There will be a strong emphasis on learning practical skills for the analysis of human movement including ethical aspects of research with humans. Students will apply the principles of biomechanics in an analysis and reporting of selected human movements including gait.

Unit content

Topic 1:     Data sampling and filtering, methods of biomechanical analysis;

Topic 2:     Temporal, kinematics and kinetic profiles fundamental to clinical gait analysis;

Topic 3:     Ethical issues related to biomechanical research;

Topic 4:     Kinematic analysis including development of the research question, preparation of an informed consent form, data collection, analysis and report including a comparison of the results with the literature;

Topic 5:     Dynamics calculations;

Topic 6:     Factors which affect a muscle’s ability to produce tension such as stretch shortening cycle, muscle weakness, fatigue and/or neurological disorders and to explain the implications of the factors on tension production and biomechanics during motion, including gait;

Topic 7:     Measuring muscle activation and understanding patterns of muscle action in gait;

Topic 8:     Sports biomechanics.

Topic 9:     Occupational biomechanics

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 apply biomechanical knowledge for analysing human movement and ergonomics
2 apply biomechanical knowledge to evaluate muscle mechanics during human motion including pathological gait conditions of fatigue and the stretch-shortening cycle
3 interpret temporal, kinematic and kinetic profiles fundamental to clinical gait analyses

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. apply biomechanical knowledge for analysing human movement and ergonomics
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  2. apply biomechanical knowledge to evaluate muscle mechanics during human motion including pathological gait conditions of fatigue and the stretch-shortening cycle
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  3. interpret temporal, kinematic and kinetic profiles fundamental to clinical gait analyses
    • GA1:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.