Course Outline

SPX202 Biomechanics I

Course Coordinator:Max Stuelcken ( School:School of Health - Sport and Exercise Science

2023Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Biomechanics 1 is designed to introduce you to the field of biomechanics. In this course you will explore, describe, analyse and predict the characteristics of movement for the human body. Biomechanics 1 is divided into two sections. In the first section, the laws of physics are addressed and then applied to human motion, while the second section is based on the application of these principles to gait analysis and specific sport and exercise activities.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Pre-prepared learning materials across a range of formats 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Discussion of learning materials 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Laboratory 1 – Application of learning materials through practical tasks and activities 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Linear and angular kinematics principles 
Projectile motion 
Laws of motion – linear and angular kinetics, rotation and leverage  
Equilibrium, centre of mass and stability 
Mechanics of human locomotion – walking and running 
Mechanics of dynamic sporting movements – jumping, throwing, hitting, and kicking 
Movement within a fluid medium

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Describe human movement using appropriate terms and concepts Knowledgeable
2 Use the laws of motion to explain the cause of human movement Knowledgeable
3 Identify inter-relationships between biomechanical variables Knowledgeable
4 Perform calculations based on biomechanical data Empowered
5 Apply biomechanical principles to human locomotion, activities of daily living, and dynamic sporting skills Empowered
6 Disseminate the findings of biomechanical experiments ethically, clearly and succinctly Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.




Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

In weeks 2 and 3 you will have a submission for your Applied Biomechanics Workbook. In week 3 you will receive formative feedback on your progress in completing the calculations section of your Applied Biomechanics Workbook. This will help you to prepare for the type of questions that you are likely to receive in the mid semester exam in week 6.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 30%
105 minutes
Week 6 Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Practical / Laboratory Skills Individual 30%
Completed over the course of the semester
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Test (Quiz)
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 40%
120 minutes
Exam Period Online Test (Quiz)
All - Assessment Task 1:Mid semester exam
To provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, understanding, and ability to apply basic biomechanical concepts and principles covered during the theoretical component of the course.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
The examination will include all material covered within the theory and practical components of the course during the first 5 weeks. The structure will consist of a range of question types requiring you to apply theoretical concepts, perform calculations, and read and interpret graphs. In preparation for the type of questions that you will receive in this examination you will have an extensive range of practice questions to work through. As you work through these questions you will have the opportunity to check your answers and receive feedback.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Use correct terms and concepts
Select the appropriate equation, substitute known data into the equation, manipulate the equation to isolate the unknown, and solve for the unknown variable
2 3 4
Use the appropriate scientific units in your answer
Convey information clearly and succinctly
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Applied Biomechanics Workbook
This workbook has been designed to develop your biomechanical communication skills through the application of biomechanical knowledge to different scenarios. This workbook contains laboratory activities that will require you to demonstrate practical skills in biomechanical data collection, perform calculations, analyse and interpret data, and answer discussion questions using an understanding of the concepts and principles presented in the course. The completion of the workbook will enable you to demonstrate your competency of key professional skills and practices in the field of Sports and Exercise Science.
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills
The workbook will be able to be purchased from Mail and Print Services (USC MAPS).  

The workbook will be completed individually, however, certain tasks will require you to work collaboratively with your peers. There should be time to complete most of the tasks, activities and discussion questions within the two-hour laboratory classes. However, some tasks will require more time consuming processes or in depth consideration and need to be completed online outside of the scheduled class times. 

Most weeks will require some type of workbook submission. It is likely that the submissions will be completed online in weeks 2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 & 13. Throughout the semester you will receive feedback on the quality, comprehensiveness, and accuracy of your work. It is very important that you make sure that you are keeping up with the material and ask questions when you are having difficulties.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Communicate effectively using correct terms and concepts
Perform calculations on the data collected
Identify inter-relationships between variables
Use a structured approach to reasoning when analysing and interpreting data
4 5 6
Convey information clearly and succinctly
All - Assessment Task 3:Final exam
To provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, understanding, and ability to apply basic biomechanical concepts and principles covered during the theory and practical components of the course – with particular emphasis on human locomotion, activities of daily living, and dynamic sporting skills.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
The examination will include all material covered within the theory and practical components of the course. The structure will consist of a range of question types requiring you to apply theoretical concepts to, and analyse and interpret data for, different skills and movement patterns. The duration of the examination is 2 hours.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Use correct terms and concepts
Interpret kinematic and kinetic data
2 3 5
Explain inter-relationships between biomechanical variables
Apply mechanical principles to human locomotion, activities of daily living, and dynamic sporting skills
Convey information clearly and succinctly
2 5 6

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Recommended Susan J. Hall 0 Basic Biomechanics 8th n/a
Recommended Paul Grimshaw,Michael Cole,Adrian Burden,Neil Fowler 2018 Instant Notes in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics n/a Garland Science

Specific requirements

You must have access to a scientific calculator and bring it to all teaching sessions. While calculators can be shared in teaching sessions this practice will not be allowed during exams. It will be beneficial to have a USB memory stick / flash drive (at least 4GB) for this and future courses so you can compile the relevant learning materials. These can be purchased relatively cheaply (less than $15) from most major outlets.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all studio and laboratory classes and a low level of health and safety risk exists. Some risk concerns may include equipment, instruments, and tools; as well as manual handling items within the laboratory. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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