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SES8001 Advanced Biomechanics

Semester 2, 2019 External
Short Description: Advanced Biomechanics
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 069903 - Human Movement
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Ben Hoffman


This course outlines the mechanical principles underlying human movement as they apply to the unique needs of clients across a range of populations and requirements. Practical and theoretical aspects will be incorporated in testing, analysing and evaluating human movement and designing programs.


This course addresses biomechanics and its relationship to humans in movement across a range of groups in the population. It outlines the theoretical basis of human performance and provides practical opportunities to measure human performance. This course also provides the opportunity for students to analyse data and design programs to meet the specific needs of clients. The importance of research in biomechanics for best practice and the interaction with relevant discipline areas will be presented. Finally, this course will provide knowledge and skills relevant to advanced biomechanics research design and practices.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus Ipswich students.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Examine biomechanics principles and explain and analyse the mechanical factors that influence human movement and propose how to enhance performance and provide injury prevention
  2. Analyse and apply the principles of the biomechanical analysis of human movement to health and exercise in a variety of populations, contexts and factors of influence
  3. Review and justify the nature of various biomechanical problems and outline assess the ways movement analysis can be used to develop appropriate intervention strategies
  4. Conduct advanced movement analysis of various activities and actions and evaluate the design of programs developed and projects undertaken for client needs
  5. Effectively communicate relevant biomechanical research and explain and assess the relationship of knowledge and skills from biomechanics to other sport, health and exercise related discipline areas.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Outline of Biomechanics. Terms and definitions – biomechanics and mechanics. Biomechanical principles and human movement. Mechanical theory and the body. Mechanical levers and laws of motion. Nature and application to lifespan and special populations (in health and exercise environments) and conditions – injury, disability, disease, gender, children, aged. Human interaction with surfaces and equipment in the environment (e.g., work and exercise). 30.00
2. Biomechanical analysis of
human movement. Qualitative and quantitative analysis. Musculoskeletal system movement analysis and the client. Muscle and joint functioning. Movement asymmetry. Technique/skill performance.
3. Practical skill competencies: Nature and appropriate use of testing and monitoring equipment. Conducting and interpreting biomechanical measurements for specific needs of clients – communication skills. Movement pattern identification and analysis – various activities (e.g., gait analysis). Video analysis and computing software use. Design and implement relevant programs and provide feedback to clients. 40.00
4. Biomechanics research: Qualitative and quantitative research. Research consultancy and support (e.g., sport). Research in biomechanics and relationship with other discipline areas such as motor learning and exercise physiology. Application of biomechanics. Communication and/or reporting of scientific data and movement techniques. 15.00

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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

McGinnis, P 2013, Biomechanics of sport and exercise, 3rd edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
Kinovea movement analysis software v 0.8.15 (Windows only). Available for free download: On-campus students can access the software at computer labs and library computers at both Toowoomba and Ipswich.

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.
Grimshaw, P., Lees, A, Fowler, N., & Burden, A 2007, Sport and exercise biomechanics, Taylor & Francis, New York.
Hall, S 2013, Basic biomechanics, 7th edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.
Knudson, D 2007, Fundamentals of Biomechanics, 2nd edn, Springer: New York, NY, USA.
Nigg, B.M., & Herzog, W 2006, Biomechanics of the Musculo-skeletal System, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons: Chichester, West Sussex, England.
Whittle, M.W 2007, Gait Analysis, 4th edn, Elsevier: Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Online Lectures 13.00
Online Tutorials 10.00
Private Study 66.00
Residential Schools 16.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Lab Assignment 1 9 9 02 Aug 2019 (see note 1)
Lab Assignment 2 10 10 23 Aug 2019 (see note 2)
Quiz 20 20 12 Sep 2019 (see note 3)
Res School / Lab Attend&Partic 1 1 20 Sep 2019 (see note 4)
Lab Assignment 3 20 20 17 Oct 2019 (see note 5)
Exam 40 40 End S2 (see note 6)

  1. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled. On-campus students are expected to attend practicals and complete each lab assignment in the week(s) following the related practical. External students will complete the lab assignments following attendance at the residential school.
  2. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled. On-campus students are expected to attend practicals and complete each lab assignment in the week(s) following the related practical. External students will complete the lab assignments following attendance at the residential school.
  3. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled.
  4. Students must attend at least 80% of the laboratory classes across the semester for on campus students and 80% of residential school classes for external enrolments.
  5. 1. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled. On-campus students are expected to attend practicals and complete each lab assignment in the week(s) following the related practical. External students will complete the lab assignments following attendance at the residential school.
  6. This will be a Restricted examination. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External students must attend the mandatory residential school and on-campus students must attend the mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) 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. Students enrolled in this course via on campus delivery are required to attend a minimum of 80% of practical sessions throughout the semester. External students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of residential school sessions during the designated residential school period.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete the assignments and quizl assessment items a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for each item. To satisfactorily complete residential school and laboratory attendance, a student must attend a minimum of 80% of practical classes throughout the semester. To satisfactorily complete the exam a student must achieve at least 40% of the marks available.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the marks available for that assessment item. Students must also attend 80% of practical sessions throughout the semester (Proficiency).

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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:
    The RESTRICTED 2 hour exam will consist of multiple choice, short and long answer questions covering all the material. Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    1. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    2. non- programmable calculators which cannot hold textual information
    3. unmarked non electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary). Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course 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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays.

  4. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  5. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students 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. These policies can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University's aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

  1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. forms part of the Sport and Exercise program and is benchmarked against the
  • internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
  • professional accreditation standards of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  3. Students undertaking this course in external mode will be required to attend a residential school at the Ipswich campus to completed practical aspects related to the course. Students can locate the dates and residential schools via the University website. This will involve 16 hours of necessary practical work over a two day time period to successfully complete the course.