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HSE202 - Biomechanics

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)^

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

Only available to students enrolled in H343, D324, D394, E377, M320, S302, H315 OR H300 or D391 students completing the Exercise Science major sequence.

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

Unit chair:

S Robertson


Must be enrolled in or have previously successfully completed HSE010

Contact hours:

2 x 1 hour classes per week, 9 x 2 hour laboratory; for cloud (online) students: 2 days of practical work (approx 8 hours per day, scheduled on weekends during trimester and mid-trimester break)


^There are significant campus requirements for Cloud (online) students

You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


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.


Examination (1.5 hours) 40%, laboratory project part A (15 minute group presentation) 10%, laboratory project part B (1000 word group report) 30%, mid trimester test (50 minutes) 20%

Prescribed texts

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

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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