Course Outline

SPX322 Biomechanics II

Course Coordinator:Mark Sayers ( School:School of Health - Sport and Exercise Science

2024Semester 1

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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What is this course about?


Biomechanics II extends the applied mechanics knowledge from Biomechanics I to applied situations such as sporting, clinical and coaching applications, exercise efficacy, and workplace health and safety. In addition, Biomechanics II builds on the qualitative movement analysis skills introduced in Biomechanics I before introducing you to a number of biomechanical research techniques used for the quantification of human movement. A key component of the assessment for this course is completion of a small research project.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Online material consisting of pre-recorded lectures and a variety of other resources 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Question and answer sessions relating to the Learning Materials 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Laboratory 1 – Face-to-face on campus laboratory activities designed to contextualise the Learning Materials 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

  1. Analysing skill

  2. Data interpretation

  3. Techniques for recording and analysing sports movement

    1. Video analysis in biomechanics

    2. Kinovea

  4. Workplace biomechanics

    1. Introduction to ergonomics

    2. Posture assessment

  5. Techniques for recording and analysing sports movement

    1. Gait analysis using motion capture systems

    2. Body segment parameters

    3. Data reduction techniques

    4. Force platforms and external force measurement

    5. Electromyography

  6. Clinical gait analysis

    1. Data processing in Qualisys

    2. Data analysis using Visual3D

    3. Introduction to OpenSim

  7. Biomechanics and prosthetics

  8. Introduction to podiatry

  9. Biomechanics of selected weight training exercises

  10. Aquatics

    1. Biomechanics of aquatic activities

    2. Swimming analyses

  11. Research Careers in Biomechanics

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

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 Utilise biomechanical principles to interpret kinematic and kinetic data Knowledgeable
2 Identify, apply and describe the key issues surrounding standard biomechanical assessment procedures. Knowledgeable
3 Communicate biomechanical findings effectively to both scientific and applied audiences. Knowledgeable
4 Identify sources of appropriate research and apply research findings to the interpretation of biomechanical data Knowledgeable
5 Develop collaborative research skills by working in small teams to evaluate biomechanical data 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

At the end of Week 3 you are required to submit Assessment Task 2a. This Assessment Task takes the form of a brief research proposal for the major project in this course, and has been designed to ensure you will be given feedback on your proposed project prior to undertaking data collection, etc. 

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 Artefact - Technical and Scientific Group 20%
4 minutes
Week 8 In Class
All 2a Written Piece Group 10%
Maximum 250 words
Week 3 Online Submission
All 2b Oral and Written Piece Group 45%
Approximately 300-500 words, plus a 3 min presentation
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 25%
90 mins
Exam Period Online Test (Quiz)
All - Assessment Task 1:Educational Video Clip
You will create a short video that demonstrates your understanding of a biomechanical principle.
Product: Artefact - Technical and Scientific
In this assessment piece you will work with a partner (i.e. in pairs) to prepare a 4 minute video clip (i.e. suitable to be posted on YouTube) that demonstrates your understanding of a common biomechanical principle. The topics for this assessment piece will be selected (randomly) during class in Week 1 from a list that can be found on our Course Canvas page. The video should be designed so that it explains and contextualises this “principle” to coaches, athletes and/or clinicians (further discussion about what this means will be conducted in class time and on Canvas). Both students must contribute to the preparation of the video and must identify their specific contributions on the assignment submission sheet.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Accuracy and educational quality of the material
Innovative use of technology
Clear communication and appropriate use of terminology
Demonstration of collaboration
All - Assessment Task 2a:Quantitative Analysis – Research Proposal
You will work in pairs to develop a research proposal for the project that you will undertake in Assessment Task 2b.
Product: Written Piece
This assessment piece is the precursor to the major assessment task in this course (Task 2b). You and your partner will submit a brief research proposal for Task 2b in Week 3 prior to undertaking this major project. You may choose your own topic, with this proposal briefly indicating the reason (value) in undertaking the project, your proposed research question(s) and methodology.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Presentation of the proposal (visual presentation, written expression and referencing)
3 4 5
Justification for the project
Depth and breadth of proposed project
Appropriate sample size, with justification for the test variables
3 4
Demonstration of analytical and problem solving skills
1 3
Meeting time guidelines
All - Assessment Task 2b:Quantitative Analysis – Poster Presentation
You will demonstrate your skills in both conducting quantitative technique analyses and then presenting this data to a contextually relevant audience
Product: Oral and Written Piece
In this assessment piece you will work in pairs and prepare and then present a research poster based on a video based quantitative biomechanical analysis that you have undertaken. You may choose your own topic, although it must be approved by the Course Coordinator. You must collect your own video and complete your analysis using Kinovea® (or a similar program). The format of the poster must follow the guidelines for submission at a scientific conference, the details of which are outlined on the Course Canvas page. Your presentation will take only about 5 min (maximum of 3 mins of talking with about 1 or 2 minutes of questions) and will take place in class during Week 13.

NB: the electronic version of your poster must be submitted electronically
No. Learning Outcome assessed
The overall presentation of the poster (visual presentation, written expression and referencing)
Interpretation of current research and application to the specific topic investigated
3 4
Depth and breadth of data analysis and development of appropriate conclusions
1 3
Appropriate use of key elements including: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion, Formatting/ Referencing
1 4
Demonstration of analytical and problem solving skills
Meeting time guidelines
All - Assessment Task 3:Final Exam
To assess you knowledge and understanding of key biomechanical principles discussed during the laboratory sessions
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
A 90 minute online exam, held during the exam period, that consists of Multiple Choice questions.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Describe human movement using standard biomechanical terminology
Apply biomechanical principles in the analysis of human movement.
1 2
Describe the various methods and equipment used in biomechanical assessment and evaluate critically the relative advantages and limitations for each.

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 (9th Ed) n/a
Recommended Iwan W. Griffiths 2006 Principles of Biomechanics & Motion Analysis n/a Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Specific requirements

The data files that we use in biomechanics can be quite large and so I strongly recommend that you purchase a USB stick specifically for use in this Course. Fortunately, these are quite cheap, with 4 GB sticks available for less than $10 from most major outlets. Some of the laboratory classes in this course (Labs in Weeks 4-11 inclusive) require students to take part in practical sport and exercise science activities, which may include physical contact with other members of the class, require wearing specialist clothing, using sports equipment, partial disrobing, or connection to instruments for scientific measurement require student volunteers to be assessed doing some simple, non-fatiguing activities. Also remember that OH&S rules require that appropriate shoes be worn in our laboratories at all times.

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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