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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Focuses on practical skills for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of human movement, including ethical aspects of research with humans. Students will apply the principles of biomechanics, with other areas of kinesiology, in the analyses and reporting of selected human movements.

Unit content

  • Quantitative data sampling and processing techniques
  • Temporal, kinematics and kinetic profiles fundamental to healthy and clinical gait analysis
  • Ethical issues related to biomechanical research and movement analyses
  • Qualitative and quantitative kinematic analysis including development of a research question, preparation of an informed consent form, data collection, analysis and report including a comparison of the results with the literature
  • Methods related to assessing muscle activation patterns and understanding muscle activation patterns for healthy and pathological gait.

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Recall and apply factors affecting methods for analysing human movement and ergonomics. In addition, students will undertake a research project with a kinematic movement analysis and prepare a final report in the form of a journal article, including a literature review and discussion of the findings in comparison with the literature. Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills Cultural competence
2 Recall and discuss factors which affect a muscle’s ability to produce tension and to explain the implication of the factors for tension production during motion. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 Recall and describe patterns of muscle action observed between normal and pathological gait and changes in gait with fatigue. Intellectual rigour Creativity Knowledge of a discipline
4 Interpret temporal, kinematic and kinetic profiles fundamental to clinical gait analyses. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
5 Describe the stretch-shortening cycle and relate to human motion. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline

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

  1. Recall and apply factors affecting methods for analysing human movement and ergonomics. In addition, students will undertake a research project with a kinematic movement analysis and prepare a final report in the form of a journal article, including a literature review and discussion of the findings in comparison with the literature.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. Recall and discuss factors which affect a muscle’s ability to produce tension and to explain the implication of the factors for tension production during motion.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. Recall and describe patterns of muscle action observed between normal and pathological gait and changes in gait with fatigue.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Interpret temporal, kinematic and kinetic profiles fundamental to clinical gait analyses.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. Describe the stretch-shortening cycle and relate to human motion.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

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