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Gain knowledge of the mechanical principles governing movement, with application to a range of sporting and other movement contexts. The course will explore biomechanical concepts through both tutorial-based and practical activities, equipping students to analyse and assess movement from both qualitative and quantitative viewpoints.
This course will introduce basic biomechanics concepts, and apply these to a wide range of sports. Each week the two-hour lecture will be supported by a practical experience in the sport science lab or gym or a tutorial where students will have a chance to put skills into action.Course content includes:- exploration of the advantages of levers in sporting performance- biomechanics behind modern technological design, including cycle racing helmets, golf balls, and kayaks- an analysis of how water skiing and kite flying are possible and the science behind top-spin, back-spin and slice servesStudents will be invited to apply their knowledge to their own sporting contexts, and challenged to explore to deepen their understanding of less familiar sports.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:1. Describe, explain and analyse linear and angular motion;2. Describe levers, axes and joint actions using anatomical terminology in a sporting context;3. Describe and explain the principles of fluid mechanics in a variety of sporting contexts;4. Apply the principles of human motion to selected sporting activities;5. Analyse data sets to extract means and standard deviations of distribution and create charts using Excel.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
1) 45 points in any courses, or2) enrolment in GradCertSpC, or3) Programme Coordinator approval
Carr, Gerald A;
Sport mechanics for coaches;
Human Kinetics, 2004.
Daish, C. B;
The physics of ball games;
English Universities Press, 1972.
Floyd, R. T;
Manual of structural kinesiology;
Hall, Susan J;
McGraw-Hill, 2011 (2013 Price $153.89).
Hay, James G;
The biomechanics of sports techniques;
McGinnis, Peter Merton;
Biomechanics of sport and exercise;
Human Kinetics, 2005 (2013 Price $119.69).
There is no set text for this course, although the recommended readings may provide very useful learning opportunities. These are all available through the UC libraries.This course is supported by a Workbook which is provided online as a pdf resource and contains notes, worked examples and practice problems. Answers to all tutorial problems are provided through Learn via video snippets.
All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to General Course and Examination Regulation J: Dishonest Practice and Breach of Instructions.
Grading ScaleGrade GPA Value MarksA+ 9 90 – 100A 8 85 – 89.99A- 7 80 – 84.99B+ 6 75 – 79.99B 5 70 – 74.99B- 4 65 – 69.99C+ 3 60 – 64.99C 2 55 – 59.99C- 1 50 – 54.99D 0 40 – 49.99E -1 0 – 39.99A pass is 50 marks and over.
Due to the carefully planned learning progressions within courses and the workshop type nature of most on-campus classes, all on-campus students are expected to attend all sessions. Distance students should watch recorded sessions, and interact with other material provided by their lecturer shortly after it is made available through LEARN or other methods. This will ensure that you do not miss vital information which will allow you to make sense of the course content. If you are going to miss on-campus classes you are expected to email the course lecturer, catch up on missed work through classmates, view recordings, readings and other supplementary material provided. In special cases, the course lecturer may provide additional support for you.
Students will be asked to complete course evaluations, and will have the opportunity to provide feedback during their courses. Surveys are conducted electronically and are confidential. The College of Education, Health and Human Development will conduct regular graduate surveys.
All course assessments in the Bachelor of Sport Coaching are internally moderated. A sample of your work may be used as part of this moderation process. Regular examiners meetings monitor the distribution of final grades in courses and adjustments are made if necessary to ensure reasonable consistency and comparability of course grades.
An assessment is late if it is handed in after the due date, without a formal extension. If an assessment is submitted after the due date, 5% will be deducted from the final grade for every day the assessment is late. No assessments will be accepted after a period of 3 days after the due date, unless an extension has been granted.
The Award regulations for the Bachelor of Sport Coaching can be found within the UC Calendar. The UC calendar is available online at:http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/publications/calendar.shtmlThe specific Award regulations for the degree can be found at: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/award/bspc_regs.shtmlThe College of Education Health and Human Development assessment guidelines, which contain specific information regarding the College grading scale, late work, extensions, submission of work, reconsideration of grades, Special Consideration procedures, academic integrity, and moderation of assessment can be found at:http://www.education.canterbury.ac.nz/documents/brochures_2016/Assessment-Guidelines-for-Students.pdfThe specific assessment details for each course, including assessment dates, can be found on the Courses, Subjects and Qualifications website: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses
All written assessment tasks and presentations must be referenced according to APA convention. (Information relating to APA referencing can be obtained from both the Central and Education Libraries.) Most assignments must be submitted online. Online submission requires students to formally acknowledge that what they are submitting is their own work. Hardcopy submissions must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet (available from the course lecturer).
Students who cannot complete assessments by the due date should discuss their situation with the course lecturer. Where circumstances are known in advance, the student should discuss these with the course lecturer at least one week days prior to the assessment due date. In circumstances where this is not appropriate, the student should discuss their situation with the course lecturer as soon as possible.
To pass this course you are required to gain an overall average grade of C- (50%) or better across all assessments. No resubmissions are available for this course.
Students wishing to apply for Special Consideration should refer to this link for further information: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/special-consideration.shtml
If you are wishing to apply for partial exemption from assessment in a course (e.g. if you are repeating a course and you have have previously passed one or more assessments from within the course, and do not wish to write this assessment again) you may apply for this using the form: Application for Partial Exemption from Assessment
Electronic Submission via LEARN (all on campus and distance students)All students must submit their assessment via the online assessment system in the Learn (Moodle) class site, on or before the due date. All submitted assessment work will be screened by the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. There is opportunity for students to submit a draft report to monitor levels of plagiarism prior to the final submission for marking.It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system. Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. For ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000.Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays).Hard Copy Submission for On-Campus StudentsWhere your course lecturer requires a hardcopy submission, on campus students’ assignments are to be submitted with a cover sheet to the Sport & Physical Education office, (behind the Rec Centre) by 5.00pm, or by the time directed by the course lecturer, on or before the due date. Please use the drop box placed at the entrance to School office. Distance students will receive specific instructions from their course lecturer. Marked assignments will be returned directly from the lecturer.
Domestic fee $865.00
International fee $3,788.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Health Sciences.