Introduces students to qualitative and quantitative methods for analysing human movement. There will be a strong emphasis on learning practical skills for the analysis of human movement including ethical aspects of research with humans. Students will apply the principles of biomechanics in an analysis and reporting of selected human movements including gait.
Topic 1: Data sampling and filtering, methods of biomechanical analysis;
Topic 2: Temporal, kinematics and kinetic profiles fundamental to clinical gait analysis;
Topic 3: Ethical issues related to biomechanical research;
Topic 4: Kinematic analysis including development of the research question, preparation of an informed consent form, data collection, analysis and report including a comparison of the results with the literature;
Topic 5: Dynamics calculations;
Topic 6: Factors which affect a muscle’s ability to produce tension such as stretch shortening cycle, muscle weakness, fatigue and/or neurological disorders and to explain the implications of the factors on tension production and biomechanics during motion, including gait;
Topic 7: Measuring muscle activation and understanding patterns of muscle action in gait;
Topic 8: Sports biomechanics.
Topic 9: Occupational biomechanics.
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Recall and apply factors affecting methods for analysing human movement and ergonomics. In addition, students will undertake a research project with a kinematic movement analysis and prepare a final report in the form of a journal article, including a literature review and discussion of the findings in comparison with the literature.||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
|2||Recall and discuss factors which affect a muscle’s ability to produce tension and to explain the implication of the factors for tension production during motion.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||Recall and describe patterns of muscle action observed between normal and pathological gait and changes in gait with fatigue.||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Interpret temporal, kinematic and kinetic profiles fundamental to clinical gait analyses.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||Describe the stretch-shortening cycle and relate to human motion.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
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Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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