HSE202 - Biomechanics


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

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

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

This unit is only available to students enrolled in D333, D394, E377, H300, H315, H343, H353, M320, S308,  S379, S408, S479 or D391 students completing the Exercise Science major sequence (MJ-H000016) or minor sequence (MN-H000016) or Sports Analytics minor sequence (MN-S000020)

Other students who would like to enrol in this unit must submit their request to Student Adviser in Student Central. Enrolment quotas may apply for this group of students.

Campus contact:

Burwood (Melbourne): Liz Bradshaw 




Must be enrolled in or have previously successfully completed HSE010

Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x online module per week (2-3 hours)
1 x 1 hour online seminars in weeks 2-11 
1 x 2 hour practical experiences (laboratory) in weeks 1-10

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x online module per week (2-3 hours)
1 x 1 hour online seminars in weeks 2-11
2 x 1 day intensive practical experiences (laboratory) for the trimester

In-person attendance requirements

Online students only: 2 x 1 day intensive practical experiences (laboratory) for the trimester. These intensive practical experiences (laboratory) will be held on non-consecutive weekends at Burwood (Melbourne) campus at the end of week 5 and 10.


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 video analysis of skill project.

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