EHR413 Fundamentals of Biomechanics (8)

This subject gives students a fundamental understanding of how mechanical principles can be applied to understand human movement. Students learn how various kinetic (forces) and kinematic (description of motion) principles can be applied to improve movement skill technique and equipment design to maximise performance and/or reduce injuries. A practical-focused learning design will allow students to apply mechanical concepts to identify and describe why the body moves in certain ways.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to students in:

Graduate Diploma in Exercise and Sport Science

or as approved by the Course Director

Assumed Knowledge

Basic fundamental mathematics and numeracy is assumed for this subject.

Subject Relationships

EHR218 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply the fundamental concepts and principles of biomechanics as they relate to a specific movement skill;
  • be able to distinguish between and undertake qualitative and quantitative approaches for describing human movement;
  • be able to understand and explain basic kinetic and kinematic biomechanical principles, and how they can be applied to motion;
  • be able to solve basic quantitative problems related to linear and angular kinetic and kinematic concepts involving motion;
  • be able to describe the principles of the centre of gravity, equilibrium and balance;
  • be able to explain the concept of levers and mechanical advantage within the human body;
  • be able to describe the effects of factors governing projectile trajectory;
  • be able to discuss the concepts and relationships of muscle mechanics during motion;
  • be able to describe the principles of fluid motion including friction, buoyancy, drag and lift;
  • be able to describe and explain the kinematic and kinetic patterns during the gait cycle.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Linear and angular kinetic principles;
  • Linear and angular kinematic concepts;
  • Equilibrium, balance and centre of gravity;
  • Projectile motion;
  • Biomechanics in a fluid environment;
  • Muscle mechanics;
  • Gait.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.