Courses & Units

Biomechanics CXA203


Biomechanics is the study of internal and external forces acting on the human body and the movements produced by these forces. This unit examines basic principles of mechanics applicable to the study of human movement and selected biomechanical techniques available for quantifying human performance. This unit assumes an understanding of the information presented in CXA232 Kinesiology and builds an understanding of biomechanical principles and research techniques.


Unit name Biomechanics
Unit code CXA203
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Mr Matthew Schmidt
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the principles of biomechanics and use them to explain a range of human movements and conditions.
  • Apply qualitative and quantitative biomechanical principles to explain human movement in health, exercise, sport performance, and disease.
  • Identify movement patterns and use the biomechanical to explain them.
  • Demonstrate skills in collecting, interpreting, and communicating biomechanical measures of human movement.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.





Teaching Pattern

1.5-hr laboratory/tutorial classes (12 weeks), Independent learning 10 hours per week.

AssessmentLaboratory workbook (20%)|Mid-Semester Test (20%)|Final Exam (30%)|Human Movement Analysis Report (30%)
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Hall, S.J. Basic Biomechanics,  8th or 9th edition.

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