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EDH2253 Biophysical Foundations of Sport and Physical Activity

Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education

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Examiner: Helmut Geiblinger
Moderator: Susan Wilson-Gahan


This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the study of human movement from a biophysical perspective and to the network of disciplines that constitute the interdisciplinary framework that underpins human movement. Movement is a fundamental quality of human existence. Understanding human movement is fundamental to enhancing the quality of life experiences. Students will explore the sub-disciplines that contribute to the production of movement, movement control, and the determinants of efficiency that sustain physical activity. Teachers, coaches, occupational and rehabilitation therapists, sports scientists, professional sportspeople and movement specialists within the broad field of human movement will learn how the interdisciplinary framework can affect the learning of motor skills and physical performance. Students will know and understand the relationship between the body systems and the capacity for human physical performance. This will provide a sound basis for analysing the theoretical principles of teaching, coaching and rehabilitation in movement.


The philosophy underlying this course is that there is knowledge base that is important for a myriad of specialised areas of interest, such as movement education, health education, fitness, physical therapy, rehabilitation and even medicine. In response to this philosophy, this course provides the undergraduate student with an introduction to the relationships between functional anatomy, mechanics of movement, movement control and metabolic responses and psychological issues to various levels of activity and exercise. The key elements within these sub-disciplines are explored to provide grounding in the principles on which movement is based


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. describe the general contribution of skeletal structure to locomotion (Assessment 2)
  2. outline the general structure and function of skeletal muscle (Assessment 2)
  3. identify human locomotion in mechanical terms (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  4. identify and analyse the general principles of metabolic responses to exercise (Assessment 2)
  5. explain the various principles of physical training strategy and evaluate principles of physical training in relation to paediatric physical activity and growth patterns (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  6. demonstrate an ability to apply principles of training and use this knowledge to develop a sport specific and sequential training program (Assessment 1)
  7. develop an understanding of physiological and psychological principles underpinning sport and exercise (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  8. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy skills specific to the field of human movement (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  9. discuss the factors to be considered when applying the principles to skill learning (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  10. identify and evaluate the areas for psychological skills training for performance (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  11. investigate and debate the issues relating to children and sport psychology (Assessment 2)
  12. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy skills including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing (Assessment 1)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Functional Anatomy
1.1. Musculo-Skeletal System
1.2. Musculoskeletal Adaptations due to Exercise and Aging
1.3. Anthropometry, Body Composition and Sport
1.4. Cardiovascular and Respiratory Performance
2. Biomechanics of Human Movements
2.1. Kinematics and Kinetics
2.2. Biomechanical Analysis
2.3. Special considerations for Children, Adolescents and the Aged
3. 3.2. Training and Human Adaptation
3.3. Exercise and Environmental Conditions
3.4. Nutrition and Sport
3.5. Planning a Periodised Training Program
3.6. Principles of Training
3.7. Training Program Design
3.8. Periodisation
3.9. Physical Fitness Testing
4. Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition
4.1. Motor Learning and Performance
4.2. Principles of Skill Learning
4.3. Applying the Principles to Skill Learning
5. Psychological Parameters of Performance
5.1. Psychological Skills Training for Performance
5.2. Psychological Profiling
5.3. Children and Sport Psychology

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Bompa , T 2009, Periodization: theory and methodology of training, 5th edn, Human Kinetics, Australia.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Abernethy, B, Kippers, V, Mackinnon, LT, Neal, RJ & Hanrahan, S 2005, The biophysical foundations of human movements, 2nd edn, McMillan Publishers, South Yarra.
  • Behnke, Robert S 2006, Kinetic anatomy, 2nd edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign,IL.
  • Brukner, P, Khan, K, & Kron, J 2004, The encyclopedia of exercise, sport and health, Allen & Unwin, Crow?s Nest, NSW.
  • Jackson, S & Csikszenmihalyi, M 1999, Flow in Sports: The keys to optimal experiences and performances, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
  • Wilmore, JH & Costill, DL 2008, Physiology of sport and exercise, 4th edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
  • Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information // The gateway to education resources is here ... //

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 70.00
Independent Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives assessed Graduate skill Level assessed Notes
ASSIGN 1: WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 50 50 20 May 2011 3,5,7,8,9, 10,12 U1,U2,U3,U4,U8,U9 2,2,2,2,2,2
ASSIGNMENT 2: TAKE HOME EXAM 50 50 10 Jun 2011

Graduate qualities and skills

Elements of the following USQ Graduate Skills are associated with the sucessful completion of this course.
Ethical research and enquiry (U1)Intermediate (Level 2)
Problem solving (U2)Intermediate (Level 2)
Academic, professional and digital literacy (U3)Intermediate (Level 2)
Written and oral communication (U4)Intermediate (Level 2)
Management, planning and organisational skills (U8)Intermediate (Level 2)
Creativity, initiative and enterprise (U9)Intermediate (Level 2)

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Take Home Examination: Candidates complete the questions set for the Take home Exam and submit the work through EASE at the designated time and manner.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary Take Home Examination for this course will be organised within one week of the due date or held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Assessment items are designed to determine the extent to which the course objectives have been achieved. A full assessment outline and appropriate assessment criteria will be provided.

  2. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course

  2. NOTE: Minimum enrolment numbers apply to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the WEB offering and advised of this change before semester commences.

  3. 3. Risk Management: This course involves active participation in physical activity. The course examiner should be informed of any medical conditions which may be influenced by physical involvement. You need to wear clothing and athletic shoes appropriate to the conditions. In many cases the practical sessions will be run in an outdoor environment. Appropriate consideration should be given to issues associated with sun safety, including items such as headwear, sunscreen, and sunglasses. There are no other risks beyond the ordinary. Incorrect gear will be considered as non-participation.