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
* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie
Online *
Bathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
HD/FL
Duration
One session
School
School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health
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

Assumed Knowledge

Basic fundamental mathematics and numeracy is assumed for this subject.

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.
Syllabus
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 3 day Compulsory 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.

Special 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.

Contact
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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