Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will be introduced to the biomechanical principles of human movement. You will explore how biomechanical principles relate to the analysis of movement in a range of contexts, with an emphasis on sporting technique and performance enhancement. The application of these principles to sport, exercise and health will also be covered. Practical classes will reinforce knowledge and assist you in developing practical skills in movement analysis, with an appreciation for the requirements for, and justification of, movement-based analysis. You will need to demonstrate skill in conducting and interpreting biomechanical measurements. At the end of this subject and through the integration of applied knowledge and practical skills, you will be expected to describe, measure, analyse and evaluate the mechanical principles underlying human movement.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKaren Mickle

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in HBSES; AND must have passed HBS1HBB; or admitted in EBEDS All other students require subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsEXS2ESB AND SPE1CBM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorHamill, Knutzen, and Derrick


Edition/VolumeFourth edition

PublisherWolters Kluwer


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain biomechanical principles and their relationship to human movement and other areas of sport and exercise science.
02. Apply biomechanical principles to the analysis of human movement in the context of sport, exercise, health and activities of daily living.
03. Select and apply qualitative and quantitative movement analysis.
04. Communicate scientific data and movement techniques clearly and coherently to individuals, colleagues, and other professionals.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKaren Mickle

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 21
One 2.00 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 21
One 1.50 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.
Asynchronous online delivery

WorkShopWeek: 11 - 22
One 1.00 hour workshop every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

2 x 30 minute Quizzes (1000 words equivalent)

Two 30-min multiple choice quizzes.

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2

One group laboratory report (1000 words equivalent)

Students submit assessment in two parts.

N/AReportGroupNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One 2-hour final examination (2000 words equivalent)

Multiple choice and short answers and calculations.

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4