Gold CoastSession 1Session 1

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • 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

Gold Coast

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

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

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