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 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. 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 demonstrate how they explain a range of human movements and conditions. ESSA Biomechanics Criteria 1,8
  • Apply qualitatively and quantitatively principles of biomechanics to explain human movement in health, exercise, sport performance, and disease. ESSA Biomechanics Criteria 2,3,8
  • Identify movement patterns and use the principles of biomechanics to explain them. ESSA Biomechanics Criteria 7
  • Demonstrate skills in collecting, interpreting, and communicating biomechanical measures of human movement. ESSA Biomechanics Criteria 5, 6
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$1,892.00 $888.00 not applicable $2,213.00

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Teaching Pattern

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

AssessmentExamination (30%)|Test or quiz (20%)|Laboratory workbook (20%)|Balance/Posturography Report (30%)
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Hall, S.J. Basic Biomechanics,  8th or 9th edition.

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