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EDH3155 Advanced Biophysical Studies in Sport and Physical Activity

Semester 1, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Helmut Geiblinger
Moderator: Sharon Louth


Pre-requisite: EDH2253 or EDO2462


This course is designed to build on learning from the course EDO2462 Biophysical Foundations of Sport and Physical Activity. A sound understanding of biomechanical analysis, information processing models and psychological skills training for performance is desirable for the student working in the broad field of human movement. Adopting a behavioural emphasis this course provides a comprehensive introduction and analytical investigation of the processes that contribute towards biomechanics, motor behaviour control and sports psychology. More specifically, the principles of motor learning will be investigated so as to provide a platform from with the pre-service movement practitioner can design intelligent and appropriate learning environments with feedback structures that facilitate the acquisition of skilled motor behaviour.

Students will examine the study of humans in movement from a biophysical perspective and the interdisciplinary framework that underpins human movement. Teachers, coaches, occupational and rehabilitation therapists, sports scientists, professional sportspeople and movement specialists within the broad field of human movement will learn how to apply and evaluate information about development of motor skills and the relationship between the body systems and the capacity for human physical performance. Further research into the theoretical principles of teaching, coaching and rehabilitation in movement will be included.


The philosophy underlying this course is to build on the foundation course and to provide an advanced knowledge base that is important for a myriad of specialised areas of interest such as movement education, health education, fitness, physical therapy, rehabilitation and indeed medicine. In response to this philosophy, this course provides the student with advanced knowledge of the relationships between mechanics of movement, movement control and psychological skills training for performance to various levels of activity and exercise. The key elements within these sub-disciplines are explored to provide skills training in the principles on which movement is based.
Students completing this course will engage in a variety of physical activities as part of lab experiences and class exercises. The opportunity will be provided in the assessment items for students to specialise within certain discipline areas and undertake tasks of particular interest.


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. identify human movement in mechanical terms (Assignment and Examination)
  2. construct a model for motion analysis (Assignment only)
  3. outline the factors that should be considered when applying the principles to skill learning (Assignment only)
  4. develop an understanding of the theoretical model of information processing in human skilled performance (Assignment and Examination)
  5. explain and analyse the variables which may affect the acquisition of motor skill (Assignment only)
  6. demonstrate an ability to apply the principles of motor learning in a practical setting (Assignment only)
  7. apply methods used in the investigating of motor behaviour. (Assignment only)
  8. identify and evaluate the areas for psychological skills training for performance (Assignment and Examination)
  9. evaluate research information and other sources of information in topics and justify a view (Assignment and Examination)
  10. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (Assignment only)
  11. develop an understanding of physical performance testing and motion analysis (Assignment only)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Biomechanics of Human Movements
1.1. Kinematics and Kinetics - Review
1.2. Introduction to Motion Analysis
1.3. Biomechanical Analysis
2. Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition
2.1. Principles of Motor Behaviour
2.2. Information Processing
2.3. Applying the Principles to Skill Learning
2.4. Preparing and Organising Practice
3. Psychological Parameters of Performance
3.1. Psychological Skills Training for Performance
3.2. Psychological Profiling
3.3. Research in Biophysical Areas
3.4. Talent Identification and promotion
4. Physical Performance Testing 5.00
5. Motion Analysis 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There is no set text for this course.

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., Hanrahan, S., Kippers, V., Mackinnon, L., & Pandy, M 2005, The biophysical foundations of human movement, 2nd edn, Macmillan Publishers, South Yarra, VIC.
  • Knudson, D. V., &Morrison, C. S 2002, Qualitative analysis of human movement, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
  • McLester, J., & St. Pierre, P 2008, Applied Biomechanics, Thompson Higher Education, Belmont, CA.
  • Schmidt, R. A., & Lee, T. D 2005, Motor Control and Learning: a behavioural emphasis, 4th edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign IL.
  • Schmidt, R. A., & Wrisberg, C. A 2008, Motor Learning and Performance: situation based learning approach, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
  • Weinberg, R., & Gould, D 2007, Foundations of sport and exercise psychology, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
  • Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 70.00
Independent Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 60 60 14 May 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    ONC MODE: 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.

    WEB MODE: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them including discussion forums 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 10 working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted. Extensions will be given only in extenuating circumstances and formal applications for consideration must adhere to the requirements outlined on the form.

  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 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:
    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 Exam for this course either organised within one week of the due date or will be 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. Risk Management: This course involves active participation in physical activity. The course examiner should be informed of any medical conditions which may be exacerbated by involvement in physical activity. 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. You are required to use appropriate sun safety behaviours and to wear protective clothing such as shirts with sleeves, headwear, sunscreen, and sunglasses. There are no other risks beyond the ordinary. Arrival in inappropriate attire will be considered as non-participation.