ESSC12008 - Applied Exercise and Sport Biomechanics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit builds upon content from previous units to extend your understanding of biomechanics as it relates to human movement. In this unit, you will explore areas of musckuloskeletal mechanics, biomechanics of locomotion, and the application of biomechanical principles to sports, and strength and conditioning. Through practical activities, you will develop skills necessary to conduct advanced biomechanical analyses as well as develop your ability to think critically about biomechanical data and research.


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-requisite Units:
ESSC12004 Exercise and Sport Biomechanics AND ESSC11002 Measurement and Evaluation

Co-requisite Unit:

ESSC13007 Functional Anatomy OR ESSC12010 Functional Anatomy

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 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Mackay City
Mixed Mode

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

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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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 18.42% 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: Moodle
Some students had difficulties completing the data analysis component with the Excel files not downloading
All data files collected during residential school will be collated in Excel and available to students to download and save on flash drives at the completion of the residential school. A completed version of the Excel document will also be made available on Moodle in both raw and zipped formats.
Action Taken
Due to changes to the unit, data was presented as LabChart files via the Moodle site and no major difficulties were reported from students in accessing the files.
Source: Email
Students asked to provide time in the residential school to analyse data collected on their research projects
More time will be dedicated to the instruction of data analysis for individual research data collected during residential schools. The online Excel library of data analysis techniques will also be extended.
Action Taken
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the rescheduling of residential school until after Term 2 2020, the data analysis assessment was completed on sample data provided by the Unit Coordinator. To assist students with completing the analyses, tutorials were held via Zoom to demonstrate steps for completing data analyses. PDF files were also provided as a step-by-step guide to completing the analyses.
Source: Moodle, Email
There was a mixed response to group work from students
Learning to work and function with colleagues on dedicated projects is an essential skill. The group work will remain however compulsory ZOOM sessions for each team will be included to assist group dynamics.
Action Taken
Due to changes to the unit learning outcomes and assessments, group work was not part of the assessments in Term 2 2020.
Source: Have Your Say Unit Evaluation Survey
Students enjoyed the broad range of assessment pieces which ensured that skills were assessed in different ways.
It is recommended that a variety of assessment types continue to be offered, ensuring align with the learning outcomes and the applied nature of the unit.
Action Taken
Source: Informal feedback from students and staff reflection
Students enjoyed the hands-on aspect of the laboratory component; however, the face-to-face laboratories should be held earlier in term to concise with lecture material as well as assessment items.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the face-to-face laboratory component of the unit was held after the exam period of Term 2. It is intended that this laboratory component be offered earlier in Term 2 to align with lecture content and assessment items.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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