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PH2023 - Human Biomechanics 1

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject will give students an introduction into how foundational physics concepts can be applied to human movement, and used to improve performance and prevent injury. Within practical classes, students will have the opportunity to learn how the biomechanical parameters discussed in lectures can be measured in both laboratory and field environments, and used to improve performance. Students will also learn about the mechanics of specific structures within the human body such as bone, joints, and skeletal muscle. Once students have examined these specific structures, the functional aspects of the upper extremity, lower extremity, and back are investigated. The causes of common injuries and the resulting biomechanical and anatomical adaptations are discussed along with the effects of aging. Students will also learn how to quantify load at the major joints and basic discussion around how this knowledge can be used is undertaken.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe the structure and function of the human musculoskeletal system, particularly under movement conditions;
  • define and apply the fundamental concepts of mechanics applicable to the study of human movement;
  • measure biomechanical characteristics of sport and exercise activities using fundamental biomechanical equipment;
  • interpret data collected using fundamental biomechanical equipment.
Prerequisites: PH1001 or PH1005


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coord/Lect: Dr Sara Brice.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • 24 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); other exams (20%); tutorial quizzes (10%); practical work (20%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.