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Unit description

Enhances and develops student's theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of lower limb biomechanics.

Unit content

  • Mechanical and biomechanical Principles
    • Kinematics
    • Kinetics
  • Patterns of human movement
    • Functional Anatomy
    • The gait cycle — kinematics and kinetics of the whole body
  • Assessment of normal and abnormal biomechanical function and gait in practice and research
    • Measurement: reliability and validity
    • Manual assessment and observational gait analysis
    • Technology assisted assessment, including: video gait analysis, plantar pressure systems, force platforms and electromyography
  • Models of pathological function
    • Tissue Stress model
    • Root, Subtalar joint rotational equilibrium, and sagittal plane models
    • Assessing the evidence base
  • Pathomechanics
    • Interrelationship between pathology and mechanical function and dysfunction

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1demonstrate knowledge of kinetic and kinematic concepts
2demonstrate knowledge of the mechanics of normal and abnormal structure and function of the body
3apply techniques of biomechanical assessment and gait analysis
4apply contemporary biomechanical theories to conduct and evaluate an assessment of the lower limb
5interpret the relationship between biomechanical disorders and clinical manifestations.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of kinetic and kinematic concepts
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the mechanics of normal and abnormal structure and function of the body
  3. apply techniques of biomechanical assessment and gait analysis
  4. apply contemporary biomechanical theories to conduct and evaluate an assessment of the lower limb
  5. interpret the relationship between biomechanical disorders and clinical manifestations.

Prescribed texts

  • Richards, J, 2018, The Comprehensive Textbook of Clinical Biomechanics, 2nd edn, Elsevier. ISBN: 9780702054907.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 3 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Exam: take home15%
Report35%
Exam: closed book35%
Report15%
Notice

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Fee information

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