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SPEX11-304: Biomechanics of Exercise and Sport September 2019 [Standard]

General information

This subject will provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to understand and examine the basic laws of force and motion and how these apply to optimising human movement.  In addition students will learn and apply techniques to mitigate injury risk in a variety of sporting activities as well as activities of daily living. The subject focuses on the mechanical basis of human movement, with an emphasis on understanding the concepts of linear and angular kinematics (e.g., position, displacement, velocity and acceleration), and projectile motion, linear and angular kinetics (e.g. forces, laws of motion, centre of mass, torque, and moments of inertia). Students will use this knowledge to address real-world exercise science applications in areas such as gait, fluid dynamics and resistance training via a variety of qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:SPEX11-304
Subject title:Biomechanics of Exercise and Sport
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2019
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Sports Lab: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Sports Lab
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 48) - Recommended study hours
Attendance and learning activities: In order to get the most from the course, it is important to attend all sessions. Laboratory activities build on content you have covered in class and provide real world scenarios to apply the theory. Short quizzes will check you understanding of the content on a regular basis. Laboratory activities and seminar activities provide an opportunity to practice answering exam style questions.


Prescribed resources:
  • Anthony J. Blazevich (2017). Sports Biomechanics: The Basics. 3rd, Bloomsbury Publishing , 304.
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Describe and apply the basic principles and laws of biomechanics as they relate to performance enhancement and injury prevention in a variety of populations.
  2. Compare and contrast qualitative and quantitative biomechanical analysis and determine which method is appropriate in the analysis of specific movement.
  3. Analyse basic movements including basic biomechanical measurements relevant to the client's needs.
  4. Communicate results regarding movement technique to clients, colleagues and other professionals with appropriate use of illustrations, demonstrations and user-friendly language.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*In-Class Quiz - Individual Weeks 3 - 10 10% Progressive 1, 2, 4.
*Technical Skills Test In 3 parts 5% , 10% and 25% Weeks 5, 8 and 11 40% Progressive 2, 3, 4.
*Mixed Media Assignment Blog post 30% Week 12 1.
Computer-Aided Examination (Closed) n/a 20% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

This topic will introduce the concepts of movement in a straight line with investigation of both qualitative and quantitative analysis of exercise movements.

This topic will introduce the concepts of rotational movement with investigation of both qualitative and quantitative analysis of exercise movements.

This topic will introduce the concepts of movement of projectiles and the forces acting on them with investigation of both qualitative and quantitative analysis of exercise movements.

This topic will introduce the concepts of forces produced for movement in a straight line with investigation of both qualitative and quantitative analysis of exercise movements.

This topic will introduce the concepts of forces produced for movement in a curve with investigation of both qualitative and quantitative analysis of exercise movements.

This topic will advance the understanding of forces and movement to determine how the musculoskeletal system can perform work.

This topic will investigate how the forces of friction can both help and hinder the performance of work.

This topic will introduce how air and water influences movement

All the biomechanical concepts will be integrated into basic sporting movements using both qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques.

Approved on: Jul 14, 2019. Edition: 2.2