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SPEX201 Biomechanics

An introduction to the mechanical principles and analytical techniques that can be applied to understand human structure and function.

Biomechanics is a fast growing sub-discipline of sport science. It is a high-tech science concerned with analysing how and why we move the way we do. This paper is an introduction to biomechanics. We will examine the mechanical principles and analytical techniques that can be applied to understand human structure and function. 

Paper title Biomechanics
Paper code SPEX201
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,820.40

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Prerequisite
ANAT 101 or HUBS 191 or PHSE 191
Restriction
PHSE 202
Schedule C
Science
Teaching Arrangements

Three 1-hour lectures per week.
Eight 2-hour laboratories in the semester. 

Contact

melanie.bussey@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator:  Dr Melanie Bussey
Teaching Staff: Dr Melanie Bussey and Dr Peter Lamb

Textbooks

Richards J. Complete textbook of biomechanics. Churchill Livingstone; 2015.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop an understanding of the mechanical aspects as they apply to human motion.
  2. Develop an objective and scientific approach to human movement.
  3. Develop an understanding of the use of instrumentation in the analysis of human movement.
  4. Develop skills for analysing, interpreting and presenting biomechanical data.

Skills

  1. Conduct and interpret biomechanical measurements.
  2. Communicate scientific data to the public (clients), colleagues and professionals effectively and appropriately.
  3. Integrate biomechanical knowledge and skills with other areas of sport and exercise science.
     

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-16, 18-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-16, 18-22
Friday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 18-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 14:00-15:50 10, 12, 14, 19, 21
A2 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 10, 12, 14, 19, 21
A3 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 10, 12, 14, 19, 21
A4 Thursday 14:00-15:50 10, 12, 14, 19, 21
A5 Friday 14:00-15:50 10, 12, 14, 19, 21
A6 Thursday 10:00-11:50 10, 12, 14, 19, 21