UWA Handbook 2016

Unit details

SSEH3355 Biomechanical Principles

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)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 describe 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 ways:(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 the last 48 points of their Bachelor of Science majoring in Sport Science
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Jacqueline Alderson
Unit rules
Prerequisites: SSEH2250 Biomechanics or any Level 2 physics unit or any Level 2 engineering unit
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/practicals: 2 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/SSEH3355/SEM-1/2016

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, USA 1990

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