EHR218 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. It is compulsory for students studying online to attend a three (3) day Residential School for this subject.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
Online*Bathurst Campus
On CampusBathurst Campus
On CampusPort Macquarie
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR218
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Assumed Knowledge

Basic fundamental mathematics and numeracy is assumed for this subject.

Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Sport Management) Bachelor of Education (Health & PE) Diploma of Exercise Studies or as approved by the Course Director

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 the 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.


The 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.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. Compulsory for online study students to attend a three day Residential School scheduled during the residential school period. This residential school is necessary in order to develop practical skills to meet learning outcomes and comply with accreditation requirements.

Specialised Resources

Travel to and accommodation is required for distance education students attending the compulsory residential school at a CSU campus.
All students are required to have a lab coat, safety glasses and covered footwear for lab based practicals.


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 21 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.