Health, Physical Education And Recreation | Mechanical Analysis of Human Movement (3 cr)
K530 | 1092 | Haven


Mechanical Analysis of Human Movement

CLASS MEETING:
Class meets for one 75 minute period daily.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course deals with biomechanics and the application of biomechanics to
the human body and the analysis of human movements.  Biomechanics involves
the use of the tools of mechanics, the branch of physics that analyzes the
actions of forces, in the study of the antomical and functional aspects of
human movement.  The study of human biomechanics may include questions such
as whether the amount of force the muscles are producing is optimal for the
intended purpose of the movement. Anthropometric factors, including the
size, shape and weight of the body segments, are other important
considerations in a biomechanical analysis.  A problem solving approach is
used to help the student understand both the qualitative and quantitative
aspects of biomechanical principles as applied to the human body.

REQUIRED TEXT:
Hall, Susan, Basic Biomechanics, Mosby Year Book, 3rd Edition.
Reading assignments will be from the Hall text, Basic Biomechanics.
Additional
readings are required from the Kreigbaum and Barthels book which is
available on
reserve in the HPER library.

GRADING PROCEDURES:
Your grade for the class will be based on homework, discussion, a midterm
test and a final exam.  Portions will be weighted as follows:

4 Homework Assignments      20%
3 Quizzes                   15%
Participation/Discussion    15%
Midterm Exam                25%
Final Exam                  25%

Homework problems will be assigned on Mondays and due on Thursdays.
Thursday class will be used as a discussion for the homework problems.
Students
will work in groups to present selected problems to the class for
discussion.  You
will be graded on the presentation for your group as well as on the written
work
you turn in for your homework.

For exams, you will be graded using T-scores based on 8-10 previous classes.

T-scores can be converted into approximate letter grades using the following
scale:

T-score             Letter grade
60+                      A
53-59                    B
45-52                    C
40-44                    D
less than 40           F

Problem sets will be graded only a  +,  ,  - or a zero and can be considered
letter
grades A, B, C or F.  Assignments that are turned in late will not be
accepted
unless some previous arrangements have been made, and the student will
receive a
grade of zero for that assignment.  If for some reason you will not be able
to
attend the class when as assignment is due, it is up toyou to turn the
assignment
in at any time before the due date.

Quizzes will be graded on a 100 point scale using the following scale:

90-100             A
80-89               B
70-79               C
60-69               D
less than 60      F

Participation and discussion grades will be given based on your contribution
to
discussion of problem sets and your presentation of individual questions in
the
problem sets.