UWA Handbook 2015

Unit details

SSEH3355 Biomechanical Principles [UG]

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Crawley)Face to face
Details for new undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Sport Science major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit provides a study of current biomechanics methodology used in the analysis of human motion, with particular focus on video-based methods for analysis of sporting and clinical populations. Theoretical principles and methodologies underpinning dynamometry also comprises a major component of the unit. Students are able to descibe the various neuromuscular mechanisms involved in the production and control of movement, including topics such as muscle-tendon organisation and design, muscle geometry and the joint system. The unit includes lectures, laboratories and a major project.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) collect and analyse two-dimensional video and appreciate the requirements for three-dimensional opto-reflective data collection; (2) collect and analyse force platform, dynamometry and electromyography (EMG) data; (3) appreciate how segments move and the role of external and internal forces in loading; (4) prepare a written report that integrates literature with data collected using the above technical procedures to the extent that a discussion of the collected data with reference to the literature is included—this report must also be presented to the class for critical evaluation; and (5) develop generic research and communication skills.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following way(s): (1) a two-hour examination (35 per cent); (2) a major written assignment (40 per cent); and (3) a presentation (25 per cent). 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 this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Jacqueline Alderson
Unit rules
Prerequisites: SSEH2250 Biomechanics or SSEH2280 Biomechanics or any Level 2 physics unit or any Level 2 engineering unit
Contact hours lectures: 2 hrs per week; labs/practicals: 2 hrs per week
Texts

No formally prescribed text but recommended texts include:

Bartlett, R. Introduction to Sports Biomechanics: Analysing Human Movement Patterns: Taylor & Francis 2007

Enoka, R. M. Neuromechanics of Human Movement, 3rd edn: Human Kinetics Books 2002

Winter, D. A. Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement: John Wiley & Sons 2005

Lieber, R. L. Skeletal Muscle Structure and Function: Implications for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine: Williams & Wilkins 1992

 


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