ESSC12004 - Exercise and Sport Biomechanics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2021

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Cairns
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 25%
2. Presentation 45%
3. Examination 30%
4. On-campus Activity 0%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 37.14% response rate.

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.

Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students commented that lectures were long, and consideration should be given to the timing of content delivery (i.e. more information early so that students can work through material at their own pace). In addition, there was concerns raised about the amount of content.
Recommendation
A review of the content delivery schedule will be undertaken to determine the ability to provide more information at beginning of term. The lectures are 1 to 1.5 hrs in length which is necessary to deliver sufficient unit content and provide students with support regarding the maths content (i.e. step by step workings for calculation based questions). Staff will review how material is delivery with the potential option to provide shorter supplementary videos related to the the calculation based questions, which will likely result in adjustment to lecture lengths.
Action Taken
While lecture length remained 1-1.5hrs, students did not comment that lectures were long. This may be do to the decreased time spent in lectures completing step by step workings of calculation based questions.
Source: Have Your Say/Staff Reflection
Feedback
Students struggle with the mathematics component of this unit and suggest that it be removed from the unit to focus more on application of concepts.
Recommendation
Biomechanics relies heavily on physics and maths. Thus, this introductory unit will continue to include mathematics through calculation-based examples as this supports the fundamental understanding and application of biomechanical concepts. The mathematics component on assessments has already been reduced to 25% of total marks and will remain in this unit. If further reductions are made this would hinder student learning and understanding of biomechanical concepts. Students will continue to be encouraged to seek support from teaching staff and learning resouces available on Moodle, as well as other services (i.e. ALC and Studiosity). Further resources will be developed to assist students with the mathematics.
Action Taken
Online tutorials were developed to provide support to students with math content and provide the step by step workings of calculation based questions.
Source: Have Your Say/Staff Reflection
Feedback
Students enjoyed the practical activities completed during laboratory sessions and the movement analysis assessment as it involved application of concepts to real-world scenarios.
Recommendation
Practical activities and movement analysis assessment will continue to be part of this unit. A review of practical activities will be undertaken to ensure these maximise participation of students.
Action Taken
Due to COVID-19 the practical activities for this unit were moved 'online'. However, practical activities and movement analysis assessment will continue to be part of this unit.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
There was mixed feedback on the online interactive tutorials. Some students found these very helpful. However, others found them to be confusing due to the different style to typical tutorials (i.e. video recording/PDF notes files). In addition, some students commented that the tutorials were more revision questions rather than tutorials that took them step by step through solving the problem.
Recommendation
The tutorials were offered via the Lt online learning platform and allowed students to work through questions at their own pace with hints/tips provided for the various steps as well as short video recordings of the individual question solutions. As this was a new platform for students to use, it is recommended that future offerings provide students with an initial 'Getting started' introduction to the platform and how to navigate the tutorials. In addition, providing 1-2 worked examples at the start of the tutorial followed by the questions for students to complete using the hints/tips.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say/Staff Reflection
Feedback
Students tended to enjoy the Movement Analysis Presentation Assessment task but felt more examples were needed within lectures to support them in completing the tasks
Recommendation
It is recommend that lectures, tutorials, and practical activities be reviewed to examine how content can be modified to further support students in completing biomechanical movement analyses.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe biomechanical principles and how they relate to human movement, sport performance, and injury
  2. Apply qualitative approaches to analyse biomechanical problems
  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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Examination
4 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Examination
4 - On-campus Activity