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HSE202 - Biomechanics

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) with significant campus requirements

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Only available to students enrolled in H343, D324, D394, E377, M320, S302, S307, H315, H300, H300CR, H300DA, H300WE, D368 or D391 students completing the Exercise Science major sequence (MJ-H000016) or minor sequence (MN-H000016).

Other students who would like to enrol in this unit must submit their request to Enrolment quotas apply.

Unit chair:

Jason Bonacci

Campus contact:

Burwood (Melbourne): Timo Rantalainen




Must be enrolled in or have previously successfully completed HSE010

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 2 x 1 hour classes per week, 9 x 2 hour laboratory sessions during trimester

^Cloud (online): 22 x 1 hour classes (recordings provided) and 2 days of practical work at Burwood (Melbourne), scheduled on weekends during trimester.


This unit introduces students to the major biomechanical factors involved in movement, with a special focus on locomotion, sports technique and analysis. The material is presented with an emphasis on the qualitative analysis of motion and forces. The unit includes the examination of external forces, such as gravity, air resistance, and friction, and their role in human movement. Internal forces created by skeletal and muscular systems and their effect on the body and its movement will be discussed. Finally, the unit will address some practical applications in biomechanics through a qualitative analysis of skill project.


Assessment task 1: Mid trimester test (50 minutes) 20%

Assessment task 2: Laboratory project part A (15 minute group presentation) 10%

Assessment task 3: Laboratory project part B (1000 word group report) 30%

Assessment task 4: Examination (1.5 hours) 40%

Prescribed texts

Hall, S.J. (2006) Basic Biomechanics.  5th Edition, WCB McGraw-Hill, Boston

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