This unit aims to develop an appreciation of how mechanical principles can be applied to understand the underlying causes of human movement. Topics include: kinematics, vectors, Newton's laws of motion, work, energy, power, and momentum; for both translational and rotational motion; and the influence of fluids on motion. Emphasis is placed on developing mathematical skills and analytical problem- solving techniques. The laboratory classes complement the lectures; providing opportunities to validate mechanical principles in a quantitative manner.
Lectures: 2 hours per week Practicals: 8 hours per semester Tutorials: 4 hours per semester
Mid semester exam: MCQ and short answer (40%), final exam: MCQ and short answer (55%), tutorial/practical quizzes (5%) and preliminary mathematics quiz (0%).
.Hamill J and Knutzen KM (2014) Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement 4th. Ed., Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins.