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HSE202 - Biomechanics

Unit details

Year2015 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, S307, 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:

Jason Bonacci

Campus contact:

Burwood (Melbourne): Daniel Wundersitz




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): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin and 2 days of practical work, approximately 8 hours per day, scheduled on weekends during trimester and mid-trimester break


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


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

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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