CQUniversity Unit Profile
ESSC12004 Exercise and Sport Biomechanics
Exercise and Sport Biomechanics
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General Information

Overview

This unit introduces you to basic concepts of mechanics (kinematics, kinetics, and fluid mechanics) as they relate to human movement, sports performance, and injury. In this unit, you will learn qualitative and quantitative approaches to solving biomechanical problems and analysing human movement to optimise movement patterns and performance. The theoretical content is supported with practical activities, which introduce you to basic biomechanical equipment and measurement techniques.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: ESSC11001 Physical Activity, Fitness and Health; ESSC11003 Skill Acquisition and Movement

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2022

Cairns
Mackay City
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
2. Presentation
Weighting: 50%
3. Examination
Weighting: 30%
4. On-campus Activity
Weighting: Pass/Fail

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Have Your Say

Feedback

The lectures are long and a lot of content was covered in the first six weeks which overwhelmed students

Recommendation

Staff will review the lecture schedule to spread content over the twelve weeks of term. This will give students additional time to work through the content and balance the lecture length. Staff will also explore the opportunity to deliver some content as short video recordings which will further reduce the actual lecture length.

Feedback from Have Your Say

Feedback

Students enjoyed the practical activities as they can apply the theoretical concepts. However, students noted that more equipment was required adequately resource the activities and suggested the sessions be held earlier in term.

Recommendation

The practical activities will continue to provide students with hands-on experience to apply theoretical concepts. Staff will explore opportunity to purchase additional equipment or share resources across campuses. While staff will also explore opportunity to schedule the practical sessions earlier in the term, this may not be possible.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe biomechanical concepts related to kinematics, kinetics, and fluid mechanics
  2. Apply biomechanical principles to various forms of human movement with a focus on exercise, sports performance, and injury
  3. Apply quantitative approaches to analyse biomechanical problems
  4. Conduct a biomechanical movement analysis and communicate findings
  5. Demonstrate professional practice and ethical behaviour expected in exercise and sport science settings.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Presentation - 50%
3 - Examination - 30%
4 - On-campus Activity - 0%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise

Edition: 4th (2020)
Authors: Peter McGinnis
Human Kinetics
Champaign Champaign , IL , USA
ISBN: 978-1-4925-7140-7
Binding: Hardcover

Additional Textbook Information

Both the paper and eBook text can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop. Click on the Check for eBook link to be directed to Vitalsource. Search on the unit code here:http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microphone and camera for use with Zoom
  • 2D motion analysis software such as Kinovea - see Moodle for other software options
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (or similar) software for viewing PDF documents
  • Zoom video conferencing software (can be installed via Moodle) or other video recording software
  • Microsft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or similar software such as Open Office
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Crystal Kean Unit Coordinator
c.kean@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 07 Mar 2022

Module/Topic

What is Biomechanics?

Linear Kinematics

Chapter

Introduction. Why Study Biomechanics?

Chapter 2. Linear Kinematics: Describing Objects in Linear Motion

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 14 Mar 2022

Module/Topic

Linear Kinetics I

Chapter

Chapter 1. Forces: Maintaining Equilibrium or Changing Motion

Chapter 3. Linear Kinetics: Explaining the Cause of Linear Motion

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 21 Mar 2022

Module/Topic

Linear Kinetics II

Chapter

Chapter 3. Linear Kinetics: Explaining the Cause of Linear Motion

Chapter 4. Work, Power, and Energy: Explaining the Causes of Motion without Newton

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 28 Mar 2022

Module/Topic

Angular Kinematics    

Chapter

Chapter 6. Angular Kinematics: Describing Objects in Angular Motion

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 1 Opens: Week 4 Monday (28 Mar 2022) 8:00 am AEST

Week 5 Begin Date: 04 Apr 2022

Module/Topic

Angular Kinetics I

Chapter

Chapter 5. Torques and Moments of Force: Maintaining Equilibrium or Changing Angular Motion

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 1 Closes: Week 5 Monday (4 April 2022) 5:00 pm AEST

Vacation Week Begin Date: 11 Apr 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 18 Apr 2022

Module/Topic

Angular Kinetics II

Chapter

Chapter 7. Angular Kinetics: Explaining the Causes of Angular Motion

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 25 Apr 2022

Module/Topic

Biomechanical Movement Analysis

Chapter

Chapter 13. Qualitative Biomechanical Analysis to Improve Technique

Online Readings

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 2 Opens: Week 7 Monday (25 Apr 2022) 8:00 am AEST

Week 8 Begin Date: 02 May 2022

Module/Topic

Fluid Mechanics

Chapter

Chapter 8. Fluid Mechanics: The Effects of Water and Air

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 2 Closes: Week 8 Monday (2 May 2022) 5:00 pm AEST

Week 9 Begin Date: 09 May 2022

Module/Topic

No Lecture

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

On-campus Activity Due: Week 9 Friday (13 May 2022) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 16 May 2022

Module/Topic

Applications in Throwing and Kicking

Chapter

Online Readings

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 23 May 2022

Module/Topic

Applications in Weightlifting and Jumping

Chapter

Online Readings

Events and Submissions/Topic

Biomechanical Movement Analysis Presentation Due: Week 11 Wednesday (25 May 2022) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 30 May 2022

Module/Topic

Review and Final Exam Preparation

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 06 Jun 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 13 Jun 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Compulsory On-campus Laboratory Activity Information
This unit includes compulsory on-campus laboratory activities. You are expected to attend the session(s) specific to your enrolment as outlined below. Please speak with the Unit Coordinator if you wish to attend a different session.

Note: We may not be able to accommodate changes due to space and/or staffing restrictions.

Students enrolled via Cairns (CNS)
You are required to attend the 2-day laboratory block session scheduled in Week 7 (Tuesday and Wednesday, 26 and 27 April 2022) at the Exercise and Sport Science Labs located at Cairns Basketball Association Headquarters (289 Aumuller St.).

Students enrolled via Mackay (MKY)
You are required to attend the 2-day laboratory block session scheduled in Week 8 (Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 and 4 May 2022) at the Exercise and Sport Science Labs located on the Mackay City Campus (Building 4).

Students enrolled via Rockhampton (ROK)
You are required to attend the 2-day residential school/laboratory block session scheduled in Week 8 (Thursday and Friday, 5 and 6 May 2022) at the Exercise and Sport Science Labs located on the Rockhampton North Campus (Building 81).

Students enrolled via Mixed Mode (MIX)
You are required to attend the 2-day residential school/laboratory block session scheduled in Week 9 (Thursday and Friday, 12 and 13 May 2022) at the Exercise and Sport Science Labs located on the Rockhampton North Campus (Building 81).

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quizzes

Task Description

The Online Quizzes assessment comprises of two (2) online quizzes. Each online quiz is to be completed on your own using resources to help answer the questions. Some questions will require calculations. As such, please have a calculator and your ESSC12004 Formula Sheet accessible when completing the quiz.

Online quizzes should be completed on a computer as some question styles do not work or display well on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. In addition, attempting the quiz on a smartphone can result in your session being interrupted in the event of a phone call or notification.

NOTE: In the absence of an approved extension, no late submissions will be allowed for any online quizzes.

Quiz 1 (10% of final grade)
Quiz 1 will assess content related to lectures, online learning activities, and compulsory readings/videos from Weeks 1 – 3 (inclusive). Quiz 1 will consist of 20 multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, labelling, and matching style questions. You will have 45 minutes to complete this quiz.

You can only attempt Quiz 1 once and it must be completed in a single session. You cannot save your answers and return to this quiz at a later time.

The quiz will be available during the following times, please ensure you complete the quiz prior to the Close Date. It is your responsibility to log on to Moodle and complete each online quiz during the time the quiz is available.
Open Date:
Week 4 Monday (28 March 2022) 8:00 am AEST
Close Date:
Week 5 Monday (4 April 2022) 5:00 pm AEST

Quiz 2 (10% of final grade)
Quiz 2 will assess content related to lectures, online learning activities, and compulsory readings/videos from Weeks 4 – 6 (inclusive). Quiz 2 will consist of 20 multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, labelling, and matching style questions. You will have 45 minutes to complete this quiz.

You can only attempt Quiz 2 once and it must be completed in a single session. You cannot save your answers and return to this quiz at a later time.

The quiz will be available during the following times, please ensure you complete the quiz prior to the Close Date. It is your responsibility to log on to Moodle and complete each online quiz during the time the quiz is available.
Open Date:
Week 7 Monday (25 April 2022) 8:00 am AEST
Close Date: Week 8 Monday (2 May 2022) 5:00 pm AEST


Number of Quizzes

2


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Due dates for each quiz are as per the Close Dates listed in the Task Description. In the absence of an approved extension, no attempts will be permitted after the specified due dates.


Return Date to Students

You will receive the overall result for each quiz upon completion; however, you will see feedback regarding the correct answers for each question upon closure of each quiz.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Responses to quiz questions will be marked as correct or incorrect by the Moodle Online Quiz System and tabulated to give your mark for each quiz. For questions with text-based responses (e.g. fill-in-the-blank) you should take care with spelling (Australian English) and grammar, as answers are spelling and grammar sensitive. For calculation-based question, provide numeric responses with two decimal places.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
You must log on to Moodle and complete the quiz during the time the quiz is available. A link to each quiz can be found on the Moodle site. Once you have completed the quiz, you must click the 'Submit all and finish' button to submit your responses. When the time limit of the quiz expires, any open attempts will be submitted automatically.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe biomechanical concepts related to kinematics, kinetics, and fluid mechanics
  • Apply quantitative approaches to analyse biomechanical problems

2 Presentation

Assessment Title
Biomechanical Movement Analysis Presentation

Task Description

For this assessment, you will act as a biomechanist to complete a movement analysis of one (1) of the activities listed on the ESSC12004 Moodle site. Time will be provided during the laboratory sessions and residential school to record the videos required to complete the analysis. In addition, time will be provided to commence analysing the videos; however, you may need additional time outside of the scheduled laboratory times to complete your analysis.

Once you have completed your analysis, it is to be summarised in an audio-visual presentation that is 10-12 minutes in length. Presentations recordings outside of this duration will be awarded marks as per the marking rubric. Any information presented beyond 14 minutes will not be marked. Your audio-visual presentation should be prepared using PowerPoint (or similar software) and is to include:

  1. A brief introduction of the activity.
  2. The identification of at least six (6) observable critical features and a rationale for their selection (based on biomechanical principles).
  3. A summary of your movement analysis, which evaluates the client’s performance in relation to the identified critical features and includes annotated images or video showing measurement of the critical features.
  4. Details of an intervention to improve your client’s performance. Your intervention should include feedback for the client including method of delivering feedback; at least two (2) drills and/or exercises to improve performance; and a rationale for the suggested intervention.
  5. A minimum of five (5) relevant references that are used throughout the presentation. References are to be peer-reviewed journal articles, textbooks, or coaching manuals.

Your presentation is to be video recorded and uploaded to Moodle as a video file (.mp4, .avi, .mov, or .wmv). The recommended software for recording your presentation video is Zoom; however, you can use other video recording software to record the presentation. Information on using Zoom to record a presentation will be provided on Moodle. The Unit Coordinator must receive acceptable files that are viewable/readable. If an unacceptable/corrupt file is submitted, your assessment will be considered late until an acceptable file is submitted and penalties will be incurred in line with CQUniversity's Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Please be advised the assessment submission will be checked for plagiarism (and other types of academic misconduct). You are advised to familiarise yourself with CQUniversity’s Academic Misconduct Procedures. Any assessments suspected of plagiarism (or other types of academic misconduct) will be dealt with in accordance to CQUniversity’s Academic Misconduct Procedures with subsequent penalties applied.

Additional resources related to movement analyses will be provided on Moodle.


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Wednesday (25 May 2022) 5:00 pm AEST

Assessments submitted after the due date, without an approved extension, will incur late penalties in accordance with CQUniversity's Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework). Submissions made after 5:00 pm (AEST) Wednesday 15 June 2022 (without an approved extension) will not be formally marked as maximum late penalties will have occurred and a grade of zero (0) will be automatically applied.


Return Date to Students

Review/Exam Week Wednesday (8 June 2022)

Marks and feedback will be returned within two (2) weeks of the due date.


Weighting
50%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

Presentations will be marked on the following criteria:

  • Identification of the overall performance objective and description of the activity
  • Identification of six (6) critical features and the biomechanical rationale for the selection of these features
  • Appropriate use of video analysis software to identify and measure the six (6) critical features
  • Summary of the client’s performance based on the six (6) critical features
  • Summary of the intervention specific to the type of feedback and method of delivery
  • Summary of the intervention specific to the two (2) drills/exercises with justification for drill/exercise selection
  • Appropriate use of referencing throughout the presentation
  • Presentation skills (including quality of slide design; use of cues to initiate speech during the presentation; use of voice/eye contact/body language; adherence to time limit; professionalism; presentation structure)

The marking rubric will be available on Moodle.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Your assessment is to be submitted as video (.mp4, .avi, .mov, or .wmv) file of your presentation. All submissions are to be completed individually. The Unit Coordinator must receive acceptable files that are viewable/readable. If an unacceptable/corrupt file is submitted, your assessment will be considered late until an acceptable file is submitted and penalties will be incurred in line with CQUniversity's Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply biomechanical principles to various forms of human movement with a focus on exercise, sports performance, and injury
  • Conduct a biomechanical movement analysis and communicate findings

3 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title
On-campus Activity

Task Description

This assessment item is linked to your attendance and participation in the compulsory on-campus activities and completion of the Laboratory Workbook. As such, you are required to attend one (1) of the timetabled on-campus residential school/laboratory block sessions. Different sessions are available depending on your mode of enrolment (i.e. ROK, MIX, MKY, CNS) and you must attend the session based on your enrolment (unless arrangements have been made with the Unit Coordinator). Further details regarding these sessions can be found in the Term Specific Information section of this Unit Profile, on the ESSC12004 Moodle site, and via the CQUniversity Handbook.

During the on-campus residential school/laboratory block sessions, you will undertake a series of practical activities that will develop your hands-on skills related to collecting and interpreting biomechanics data. A Laboratory Manual and Workbook will be provided via the ESSC12004 Moodle site prior to the on-campus sessions. The Laboratory Workbook contains questions and data tables pertaining to each practical activity and must be completed during the on-campus sessions.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Friday (13 May 2022) 5:00 pm AEST

Attendance, participation, and completion of the Laboratory Workbook will be assessed throughout the on-campus laboratory activity sessions. There is no formal submission required by the due date. No additional sessions will be available beyond the due date, unless acceptable reasons (with supporting documentation) are provided to warrant an adjustment to the assessment. Please see the CQUniversity Assessment Policy and Procedures (Higher Education Coursework) for further information.


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Friday (27 May 2022)

Marks (Pass/Fail) will be returned within two (2) weeks of the due date.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
Pass

Assessment Criteria

There are three (3) criteria that must be met to pass this assessment item:

  1. Attendance – You must attend the entire on-campus residential school/laboratory block session. Attendance will be monitored through signing laboratory attendance sheets which will be facilitated by the teaching staff. Please note, there may be multiple attendance sheets to sign.
  2. Active Participation – Teaching staff instructing each session will monitor your participation during each practical task and ensure you meet the criteria in the Laboratory Participation Checklist. To meet the criteria for ‘active participation’ you must complete each item in the Laboratory Participation Checklist. A copy of the Laboratory Participation Checklist will be included in the Laboratory Workbook which will be made available on the ESSC12004 Moodle site.
  3. Completion of the Laboratory Workbook – Teaching staff with knowledge and expertise in the field will review your Laboratory Workbook for completion. Please note, this must be complete by the end of the residential school/laboratory block session that you attend.

Please note:

  • If you miss a session without an approved reason, it will result in a 'Fail' on this assessment item.
  • If you are unable to attend one of the on-campus laboratory activities, and provide a valid reason with supporting documentation, then an attempt to make alternate arrangements will be made in consultation with the Deputy Dean Learning and Teaching or equivalent manager. The CQUniversity Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework) outlines acceptable reasons for adjustments to assessment.


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline

Submission Instructions
Attendance, participation, and completion of the Laboratory Workbook will be confirmed by teaching staff at each laboratory sessions. You do not need to submit any documentation through Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Conduct a biomechanical movement analysis and communicate findings
  • Demonstrate professional practice and ethical behaviour expected in exercise and sport science settings.

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
30%

Length
150 minutes

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only
Closed Book
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