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Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Focuses on concepts of biomechanics and kinesiology applied to situations that have specific implications for occupational therapy practice and intervention in activities of daily living and the workplace. The emphasis is on biomechanical concepts and the application of those concepts to certain tissues and specific regions, including the trunk and upper limb. The effect of common work tasks will also be explored.

Unit content

  • Linear Kinematics – Displacement, Velocity and Acceleration
  • Forces – Inertia, Friction, Gravity, Muscular, Reaction – Stability, Free Body Diagrams, Centre of Mass
  • Rotational kinematics and dynamics – Absolute and relative angles – Torques, levers and pulleys
  • Tissue mechanics – Muscle's ability to produce tension – Cartilage, bone, tendon & ligament mechanics
  • Factors affecting balance and stability
  • Functional anatomy of the neck, trunk and upper limb

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 discuss and apply factors related to linear and rotational kinematics and kinetics
2 explain the concept of forces as the source of changes in motion
3 use biomechanical equations to explain biomechanical relationships
4 explain factors related to tissue mechanics
5 apply functional anatomy and biomechanical concepts to the human body.

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

  1. discuss and apply factors related to linear and rotational kinematics and kinetics
  2. explain the concept of forces as the source of changes in motion
  3. use biomechanical equations to explain biomechanical relationships
  4. explain factors related to tissue mechanics
  5. apply functional anatomy and biomechanical concepts to the human body.

Prescribed texts

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