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 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 22.22% 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 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
A range of assessment types continued to be offered.
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
The laboratory activities of this unit took place across Week 6 and 8 of Term 2.
Source: Have Your Say
Students enjoyed the residential school as the activities provided them with practical experience to understand lecture content; however, some students commented that more time was required.
The residential school will continue to provide students with hands-on experience. It is recommended that a review of the residential school schedules be undertaken with the aim to create some 'pre-lab' asynchronous task so that students can be better prepared for the residential school and less time spent giving instructions during the residential school.
Action Taken
Source: Have Your Say
Students liked the evidence-based lecture content but found it difficult to link some content to future careers.
It is recommended that the lecture content be reviewed to ensure more practical application information is presented.
Action Taken
Source: Have Your Say and Staff Reflection
Students felt rushed on some assessments due to the order of lecture content and assessment due dates. Staff also believe that the order of lecture content could be improved to align with residential schools and assessments.
It is recommended that a review of the term schedule and order of assessments be undertaken.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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