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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PET6312
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2003-07-03
  2. Department: Physical Education
  3. College: ED
  4. Budget Account Number: 173200000
  5. Contact Person: Dr. Ellery
  6. Phone: 9743443
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PET
  9. Number: 6312
  10. Full Title: Applied Biomechanics
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Applied Biomechanics
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Department Approval/Permission of Instructor
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: The course involves the integration of advanced kinesiological foundations to exercise science. Topics include: physical growth and neuro-muscular control, laws of physics in human movement, and effects of exercise on the muscular and skeletal systems.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course is part of a new Plan III Program of Study in Exercise Science that has just been approved by the College of Education Graduate Program Committee and the College Council.
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course would be open to students from other colleges interested in exercise science and health. This is a new course that has not been offered in the past, but enrollment is anticipated to be approximately 15 to 20 students per class.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) All faculty teaching this course have completed at least 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline and hold at least a masters degree.
  29. Objectives: By the end of this course, the student should have the following competencies:

    6.1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of mechanics and how they impact human movement.

    6.2. Demonstrate the ability to effectively analyze selected motor patterns.

    6.3. Demonstrate application of mechanical principles by preparing laboratory experiences.

    6.4. Evaluate and conduct research in biomechanics.

    6.5. Interpret data obtained from various testing instruments and prescribe remedial physical activity based on those results.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Exam I:

    Exam I will be given in midsemester and will encompass all of the information covered in class up to that point. The exam may include multiple choice, true/false, matching response, short and long answer formats.

    Exam II:

    Exam II will be given during finalsí week and will encompass all of the information covered in class up to that point. The exam may include multiple choice, true/false, matching response, short and long answer formats.

    Research Project:

    Students will have to complete a research project that will allow them to familiarize themselves with research studies in the area of biomechanics and how it affects skill levels. Evaluation will be based on the following itemized list which will be converted and total 25% of the final grade.

    Content [14pts]

    American Psychological Association (APA) format [4pts]

    2 Scientific Journals [12pts]

    Appearance/Organization [5pts]


    Students will have to research a subject in biomechanics and present it to the rest of the class. Students will be encouraged to present their research to regional or national conferences. Evaluation will be based on the following itemized list which will be converted and total 20% of the final grade.

    Comfort and confidence with material [14pts]

    Ability to describe subject-matter [14pts]

    Ability to respond to questions [12pts]

    Appearance/Organization [5pts]

    Creativity [5pts]

    Timely [2pts]


    Students will be given assignments and have adequate time to complete and present to faculty. Evaluation will be based on the following itemized list which will be converted and total 15% of the final grade.

    Content [14pts]

    Appearance/Organization [5pts]

    Timely [4pts]

  31. Major Topics: 7.1. Biomechanics as an interdiscipline

    7.1.1. Introduction Historical Highlights Understanding Movement

    7.1.2. Measurement, Description, Analysis, and Assessment Measurement, Description, and Monitoring Analysis Assessment and Interpretation

    7.1.3. Biomechanics and its Relationship with Anatomy and Physiology

    7.2. Kinematics

    7.2.1. Kinematic Conventions Absolute Spatial Reference System Body Segments in Space

    7.2.2. Direct Measurement Techniques Goniometry Accelerometry

    7.2.3. Imaging Techniques Basic Lens Optics Field of Focus Cinematography Television Various Kinematic Systems

    7.2.4. Data Conversion Techniques Analog-to-Digital Other Techniques

    7.2.5. Processing of Raw Data Smoothing, Theorems, and Techniques Signal versus Noise

    7.2.6. Calculations Limb and Joint Angles Velocity and Acceleration

    7.3. Anthropometry

    7.3.1. Scope of Anthropometry in Movement Segment Dimensions

    7.3.2. Density Whole-Body Segmental Center of Mass

    7.3.3. Direct Measures Location of Anatomical Center of Mass Joint Centers

    7.3.4. Muscle Anthropometry Mechanical Advantages Multijoint Muscles

    7.4. Kinetics

    7.4.1. Biomechanical Models Link-Segment Model Joint Reaction Forces

    7.4.2. Free-Body Diagram

    7.4.3. Force Transducers and Force Plates Multidirectional Force Transducers Force Plates Synchronization of Force Plate and Kinematic Data

    7.5. Mechanical Work, Energy, and Power

    7.5.1. Introduction

    7.5.2. Efficiency Positive Work Negative Work Muscle Mechanical Power

    7.5.3. Inefficient Movement Cocontractions Isometric Contractions against Gravity

    7.6. Synthesis of Human Movement

    7.6.1. Mathematical Formulations

    7.6.2. External Forces and Torques

    7.7. Muscle Mechanics

    7.7.1. Motor Unit

    7.7.2. Force-Length Characteristics

    7.7.3. Force-Velocity Characteristics Concentric Eccentric

    7.8. Electromyography

    7.8.1. Muscle Contraction

    7.8.2. EMG Recording

    7.8.3. EMG Processing

    7.8.4. Fatigue

  32. Textbooks: Required text:

    Nordin, M., & Frankel, V.H. (Eds.). (2001). Basic biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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