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.
|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|
Techniques for recording and analysing sports movement
Video analysis in biomechanics
Introduction to ergonomics
Techniques for recording and analysing sports movement
Gait analysis using motion capture systems
Body segment parameters
Data reduction techniques
Force platforms and external force measurement
Clinical gait analysis
Data processing in Qualisys
Data analysis using Visual3D
Introduction to OpenSim
Biomechanics and prosthetics
Introduction to podiatry
Biomechanics of selected weight training exercises
Biomechanics of aquatic activities
Research Careers in Biomechanics
300 Level (Graduate)
|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||
|2||Identify, apply and describe the key issues surrounding standard biomechanical assessment procedures.||
|3||Communicate biomechanical findings effectively to both scientific and applied audiences.||
|4||Identify sources of appropriate research and apply research findings to the interpretation of biomechanical data||
|5||Develop collaborative research skills by working in small teams to evaluate biomechanical data||
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
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.
|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%||
|Week 8||In Class|
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%||
|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.
|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.
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.
|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
|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.
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. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
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.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|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|
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.
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