School Of Health Sciences

BiomechanicsWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 401140.3


Student Contribution Band: 4

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
It is assumed that students have knowledge of structural and functional anatomy of the human body. Students also need to be able to apply basic concepts in maths and physics.

Equivalent Units
400139 - Biomehanics and Kinesiology, 400882 - Introduction to Biomechanics

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in 4658 Bachelor of Health Science (Sport and Exercise Science), 4706 Bachelor of Physiotherapy, 4708 Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine or 4709 Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours) or 3769 Bachelor of Data Science or 4656 Bachelor of Health Science, 6000 Diploma in Health Science/Bachelor of Health Science or 6001 Diploma in Health Science/Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Physical Education).

About this Unit
The study of biomechanics, the science that examines the forces acting upon a structure and the effects of these forces, is essential for understanding how the human body moves during daily activities, exercise and sport. It is also important when considering where problems may arise with human movement, such as with disease processes, over exercising and injury and postural pathology. This unit is designed to introduce the student to biomechanics by studying: the mechanical principles of human movement: balance and equilibrium: mechanical factors involved in tissue type and motion; and the analysis of human movement.

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