Biomechanics

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Biomechanics

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Sciences, Exercise Biology, Health and Exercise Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    LSB131

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    12
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Synopsis:
    An ever-increasing range of qualitative and quantitative information about human performance is available, whether in sport or rehabilitation data extracted from workplace or research studies. Extracting key information from this data to support decision-making is an important process, particularly with the increasing demand for evidence-based practice. This is essential in optimising training, talent identification or tracking performance in sport as well as informing clinical and rehabilitation decisions following injury or in more specialised settings in exercise and movement science research. Therefore, providing training opportunities to enable this evidence-based practice with a sound biomechanical perspective is paramount for health related professionals, physical education teachers, podiatrists, personal trainers and exercise physiologists. As the XN53 and XN54 are accredited courses through the national association Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), this unit aligns with the required skills and competencies recommended by ESSA.
     
    Learning Outcomes
    1. Apply the key concepts of applied biomechanics using the appropriate terminology in the areas of kinematics, dynamics and kinetics,
    2. Conduct a hands-on kinematic analysis using the relevant instruments and variables to report on the key aspects deriving from basic knowledge of kinematics (e.g., the linear and angular displacement, velocity and acceleration) of an individual performing a physical activity in a real world sport and/or rehabilitation context,
    3. Conduct a hands-on dynamic analysis using the relevant instruments and variables to report on the key aspects deriving from basic knowledge of dynamics applied on an individual performing a physical activity in a real world sport and/or rehabilitation context,
    4. Outline the key elements of a kinetic analysis.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    The student-driven practicums will use a problem-based learning approach based on solving sport and/or rehabilitation case studies focusing biomechanical issues extracted from the workplace. In their practical sessions, students will further explore the concepts addressed in both lectures and readings, working in small groups, guided by tutors. Activity-based learning in small groups, whole group activities, experimental learning exploring and manipulating data, analysis of videos, and exploring of websites, publications will support students to make connections with the key concepts. Hands-on analytical skills will be focused on the extraction of meaningful clinical information from raw data. All the raw data will be coming from real-world data sets (e.g., kinematic data collected during Paralympic and world championship events, dynamics data from the load applied on residuum of an actual individual with amputation).
    Students will bring current topics to an integrated on-line discussion focusing on hot topics related to biomechanics across the semester. This will be moderated by the lecturer and tutors, but essentially is intended to strengthen connections between theory and practice.
     
    Assessment
    Assessment name: Practicum Report
    Description: The 4 practicums will assess developing hands-on skills, critical thinking and solving-problem abilities relevant to the workplace. Four (4) reports based on laboratory work relating to, anthropometry, centre of mass, kinematics and dynamics concepts using the relevant instruments and variables in a real world sport and/or rehabilitation context. Practicum 1 report as a group submission is due in Week 4 for early feedback.
    Relates to objectives: 1,2,3
    Weight: 50
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Group
    Due date: Throughout semester
     
    Assessment name: First written exam
    Description: This invigilated assessment will measure your use of appropriate terminology and grasp of general and applied concepts focusing on kinematics as well as your own critical thinking skills in solving authentic kinematic-related issues while responding to key questions.
    Relates to objectives: 1,2
    Weight: 25
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Week 7
     
    Assessment name: Written exam
    Description: This invigilated assessment will measure your grasp of general and applied concepts focusing on dynamics and kinetics as well as your own critical thinking skills in solving authentic dynamic-related issues while responding to key questions.
    Relates to objectives: 3,4
    Weight: 25
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Central exam period

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