Unit description

Introduces students to physical laws and the application of these laws to the mechanics of motion.

Unit content

Topic 1: Linear Kinematics - displacement, velocity and acceleration - vectors, uniform accelerated motion, projectiles
Topic 2: Forces - inertia, friction, gravity, muscular, reaction - static equilibrium, free body diagrams - centre of mass, centre of pressure - moment of a force, levers and pulleys
Topic 3: Dynamics - energy, work, power, conservation of momentum, impulse - elastic and inelastic collisions, oscillations
Topic 4: Rotational kinematics and dynamics - analogy between linear and rotational kinematics - absolute and relative angles - torques, moment of inertia, angular acceleration, angular momentum
Topic 5: Fluid dynamics - density, buoyancy - drag, lift, Magnus effect

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Blazevich, A, 2010, Sports Biomechanics. The basics: optimising human performance, 2nd edn, Bloomsbury publishers. ISBN: 9781408127490.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: closed book20%
Exam: closed book30%
Exam: closed book50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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