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PH2023 - Human Biomechanics 1

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Engineering (pre 2015)

Describing motion; joint classifications and movement characteristics; identification of major muscles, origins, insertions and actions; qualitative and quantitative analysis of movements. Forces and torques; movement responses to applied forces; linear kinematics; projectile trajectory and motion; rectilinear and curvilinear motion; angular kinematic variables; angular and linear displacement/velocity/acceleration; Newtons laws of motion and gravitation; friction; impulse and momentum; mechanical work, power and energy; levers; centre of gravity; balance and stability; fluid dynamics in sport; kinetic link principles.

Learning Outcomes

  • to develop an objective and scientific approach to the study of human movement;
  • to develop an understanding of the structure and function of the human musculoskeletal system, particularly under movement conditions;
  • to develop skills in the kinesiological analysis of motion;
  • to understand the fundamental concepts of mechanics applicable to the study of human motion.
Prerequisites: PH1001 or PH1005


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: Dr Sara Brice.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (20%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); practical work (20%).

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