SSEH3355 Biomechanical Principles
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 3 core unit in the Sport Science major sequence
- Level 3 core unit in the Biomedical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
- Category B broadening unit for students
- Level 3 elective
- This unit provides a study of current biomechanical methodology used in the analysis of human motion, with particular focus on video-based methods for the two-dimensional analysis of sporting and clinical populations. Theoretical principles and methodologies underpinning dynamometry is also addressed. Students develop skill sets surrounding; the development of appropriate research questions; data collection practices and analysis; and report writing. The unit includes lectures, laboratories and a major group project.
- Students are able to (1) critically appraise biomechanics literature; (2) collect and analyse video data using 2D biomechanical software and force platform data; (3) understand the mechanical basis to how muscles produce force and body segments move; (4) undertake a project and prepare a conference poster that integrates related literature with the collected data. This will require students to work cooperatively in research design, data collection, analysis, conference poster preparation; (5) present research findings to the class in a small team setting; and (6) propose meaningful interventions to prevent injury, rehabilitate from disease or injury and/or enhance performance as necessary.
- Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) mid-semester examination; (2) group project; and (3) conference poster creation. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in the last 48 points of their Bachelor of Science majoring in Sport Science
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Jacqueline Alderson
- Unit rules
- SSEH2250 Biomechanics
any Level 2 PHYS unit
any Level 2 ENSC unit
- Contact hours
- lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/practicals: 2 hours per week (formal and informal lab times)
No formally prescribed text but recommended texts include:
Bartlett, R. Sports Biomechanics: Preventing Injury and Improving Performance: Taylor & Francis 1999
Peyton, C. and Bartlett, R. Biomechanical Evaluation of Movement in Sport and Exercise: the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Guidelines. TJ International Ltd 2008
Hong, Y. and Bartlett, R. Routledge Handbook of Biomechanics and Human Movement Science: Routledge 2010
Winter, D. A. Biomechanics of Human Movement, 2nd edn: John Wiley & Son 1990
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.