Availabilities:

Location Domestic International
Gold Coast

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Enhances and develops student's theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of lower limb biomechanics.

Unit content

  • Mechanical and biomechanical Principles
    • Kinematics
    • Kinetics
  • Patterns of human movement
    • Functional Anatomy
    • The gait cycle — kinematics and kinetics of the whole body
  • Assessment of normal and abnormal biomechanical function and gait in practice and research
    • Measurement: reliability and validity
    • Manual assessment and observational gait analysis
    • Technology assisted assessment, including: video gait analysis, plantar pressure systems, force platforms and electromyography
  • Models of pathological function
    • Tissue Stress model
    • Root, Subtalar joint rotational equilibrium, and sagittal plane models
    • Assessing the evidence base
  • Pathomechanics
    • Interrelationship between pathology and mechanical function and dysfunction

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 demonstrate knowledge of kinetic and kinematic concepts Creativity Knowledge of a discipline
2 demonstrate knowledge of the mechanics of normal and abnormal structure and function of the body Knowledge of a discipline
3 apply techniques of biomechanical assessment and gait analysis Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
4 apply contemporary biomechanical theories to conduct and evaluate an assessment of the lower limb Intellectual rigour Creativity Knowledge of a discipline
5 interpret the relationship between biomechanical disorders and clinical manifestations. Knowledge of a discipline

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

  1. demonstrate knowledge of kinetic and kinematic concepts
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the mechanics of normal and abnormal structure and function of the body
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. apply techniques of biomechanical assessment and gait analysis
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. apply contemporary biomechanical theories to conduct and evaluate an assessment of the lower limb
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. interpret the relationship between biomechanical disorders and clinical manifestations.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Richards, J, 2018, The Comprehensive Textbook of Clinical Biomechanics, 2nd edn, Elsevier. ISBN: 9780702054907.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.