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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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate knowledge of kinetic and kinematic conceptsCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
2demonstrate knowledge of the mechanics of normal and abnormal structure and function of the bodyKnowledge of a discipline
3apply techniques of biomechanical assessment and gait analysisIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4apply contemporary biomechanical theories to conduct and evaluate an assessment of the lower limbIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
5interpret the relationship between biomechanical disorders and clinical manifestations.Knowledge of a discipline

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

  1. demonstrate knowledge of kinetic and kinematic concepts
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the mechanics of normal and abnormal structure and function of the body
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. apply techniques of biomechanical assessment and gait analysis
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. apply contemporary biomechanical theories to conduct and evaluate an assessment of the lower limb
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. interpret the relationship between biomechanical disorders and clinical manifestations.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

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

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

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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International

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