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SPHE324 - Biomechanics

Course Details

Course Code: SPHE324 Course ID: 3297 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Students in this course will use qualitative and quantitative analysis to understand the biomechanics of human movement. This course will focus on biomechanics in sports and how biomechanical evaluation can improve performance and prevent injuries. Through the use of videos and personal observations, students will learn to apply mathematical equations to various sports skills to develop an understanding of how the laws of physics affect performance. Linear and angular kinematics and kinetics will be applied to sport skills. Students will complete a course project which will require the student to observe a sport skill, qualitatively analyze the athlete performing the skill and make recommendations for improvement. It is highly recommended that students complete College Algebra and Physics before taking this course. (Prerequisites: BIOL250 and BIOL251)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (L.O.):

  1. Apply the terms of distance, displacement, speed, velocity, and acceleration to linear and angular motion in human movements.
  2. Integrate basic mechanical concepts (e.g., impact of the direction of resultant force application (external forces), the effect of changes in line of muscle pull upon the amount of force used to rotate a segment (internal forces)).
  3. Apply the kinematic relationships between linear and angular motion to motor skill performance (e.g., striking, throwing, kicking) and equipment design (e.g., sport, rehabilitation, work environment).
  4. Analyze the linear and angular forms of Newton's laws of motion to the relationship between observed movement systems through the nature of the system’s movement (i.e., linear, angular, general motion).
  5. Synthesize the effects of equilibrium and center of gravity as it applies to weight, normal reaction, and friction upon motor performance.
  6. Analyze responses of the body to unique surfaces: solid, liquid, gas, and granuler in regard to motion and force production.
  7. Qualitatively analyze human movement to improve training, technique, and understand injury development.

Reading Assignments: Will be evaluated as demonstrated in forum discussions.

Supplemental Readings:

Forum Assignments: Introduction forum will require a post of at least 300 words due by Sunday 11:59 PM EST week one. All other forums require an initial post of at least 300 words due by Thurs 11:59 PM EST of the assigned week and at least 2 responses to classmates of at least 200 words by Sunday 11:59 PM EST of the assigned week. Please see forum description for rubric.

Assignments: Assignment directions are found in the “Assignments” tab of the online classroom. All assignments are due no later than 11:55pm EST each Sunday of the corresponding week. All written submissions should be submitted in a font and page set-up that is readable and neat. It is recommended that students try to adhere to a consistent format, which is described below.


  • Quizzes cover the reading each week and are multiple choice and fill in the blank/essay questions.
  • Please see description in class for evaluation procedures and rubric.

Required Course Textbooks:

This course uses Open Access Resources. All of the e-books and resources for this class are located in the LESSONS area of our classroom under the heading Course Materials at the top of the Lessons page, or the Reading and Resources for each week of the course. Simply click on this link to access the Required Readings and Resources, from which you will find a clickable link to each week’s list of readings and resources.

Required Readings: See Course Outline

Additional Resources: In the Course Materials folder there are additional course articles and up to date APA handouts.

Web Sites:

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

APA Style Homepage

Purdue Owl APA website


Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.