Unit description

Focuses on basic biomechanics and an understanding of gait and mobility and provide a basis for the understanding of neural processes involved in the control of movement. Students will also learn how capture and interpret data recorded by biomechanical equipment, and how to apply this knowledge to the human locomotion system.

Unit content

Kinematic and Kinetic concepts - Locomotion, clinical gait analysis and analysis of dynamic movements - Tissue properties and their relationship to gait - Electromyography and muscle activation - Kinesiological Analysis- Hip, Knee, Foot & Ankle - The structural considerations of posture and core Stability - Visual and perceptual contribution to movement - Open and closed loop control models - 2D and 3D analysis of gait and mobility

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

  • Whittle, MW, 2007, Gait analysis - an introduction, 4th edn, Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier. ISBN: 9780750688833.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: practical20%
Exam: closed book40%

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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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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