Kinesiology 350 Biomechanics


Instructor: Dr. Wanda Boda

Office Hours: P.E. 26, Wed and Thurs 2-3 or by Appointment

Lecture: Tues. andThur. 8-9:15  Lab: Tues or  Thur 9:20-12

e-mail:  (please put Kin350 in the subject line)

phone: 664-3938  website:


Campus policies:


Cell phones must be turned offwhen you enter the classroom.


Prerequisites: GE math and Biol. 220(Human Anatomy) are required to enroll in this course.



This course presents the qualitative and quantitativeanalysis of human movement in relation to mechanical effects such asapplication of force in relation to center of mass, displacement, velocity,acceleration of bodies, and buoyancy. This course also integrates anatomicalstructure and function into the analysis of human movement. Mechanical andanatomical concepts essential for understanding human movement are integratedthroughout the course.


General Learningobjectives:

At the end of thiscourse the student should be able to:

1) Observe a humanmovement pattern and qualitatively and quantitatively analyze it bydetermining:

         a) the goal of themovement pattern,

b) the anatomicalconsiderations of the movement (joints used, planes of motion, muscle groupparticipation),

c) the mechanicalprinciples governing the motion (force of gravity, work, energy, Newton's lawsof motion, etc.).

2) Be able to solvebasic Biomechanics problems in order to interpret results and calculate the mechanicaloutcomes of movements.

3) Use skills learned in1 & 2 in order to read, understand and interpret scientific literature inthe area of Biomechanics as it pertains to exercise, and physical education.


4) Analyze a movementpattern using motion analysis equipment (video recorder, motion analysis software,computer graphics describing the movement).

5) Understand some ofthe applications of Biomechanics to medicine, industry, sport and individuals withdisabling conditions.


Required Text:

1)   Hall, S.J., BasicBiomechanics, 3rd or 4th or 5th editions areacceptable. 

a.    3rdedition McGraw-Hill, 1999 ISBN #0-07-0 92118-0

b.   4thedition McGraw-Hill, 2003 ISBN #0-07-246204-3

2)   Lab Notebook atExpress Printing – see address below


Required supplies: Calculator withtrigonometric functions. Please bring this to every lab you attend.


Tentative Exam Dates:

First exam: Firstweek in March                    

Second exam: First week in April

Final exam: Tues 8 am ofFinals Week


Grading: Grade in the course isbased on the percentage of the total number of points received for thefollowing*:


         Midterm 1                                                                           50-60pts

         Midterm 2                                                                           70-75pts

         Labs/Assignments(approx. 30,  2 pts each)                             60pts                  

         Article Summary                                                                  15pts

         Biomechanics projectand write-up                                         40pts

                  Peerreview can lower total.

         Quizzes                (best2 of 3)                                              20pts                   Final                             & nbsp;                                                     100pts


*Additionalassignments may be added during the course which may change the point totalslightly.


         A   = 95%   B   = 85%   C    = 75%  D   = 65%

         A-  = 90%   B-  = 80%   C-   = 70%  D-  = 60%

         B+  = 88%  C+  = 78%  D+  = 68%  F  = below 60%



Test Policy:

The exam may be made upfor 90% credit if you notify me 24 hours before the test. No makeups will be given after thetest if I am not notified ahead of time. Anyone caught cheating on a test willreceive a grade of zero on that test and a letter will be put in your file. Studentswith disabilities must get a letter from disabled student services stating thedisability and the accommodations needed for testing.


Materials: You must haveyour own calculator. You may not share calculators during a tests or quizzes.You may not use your cell phone during a test or quiz.


Laboratory Notebooksand Projects:

The notebook can bepurchased at “Express Printing” 5430, Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park (Near NevadaBob’s). This notebook contains labs, problem sets, sample problem sets, figuresand project descriptions needed for class.  585-3248. You might want to call ahead to make sure theyhave a copy for you.


A laboratory notebookwill be required of every student (failure to turn it in will result in a lossof points). Students are expected to stay in lab the entire lab time. Donot schedule other activities during lab time.   Labs will be checked off at the end of every labperiod. It is your responsibility to get them signed off by me.  Late labs will receive 1/2 credit andmust be completed before the midterm they are included in. You will be given a checksheet in class for your notebook order. Keep all of your signed labs to turn in as a notebook at the end ofthe semester. 


Some labs and reports willbe accomplished in groups, however, the notebook and lab reports should reflecteach student's own work. The lab project can be written up as a group orindividually. You must notify me two weeks ahead of the due date which one itwill be. A description of the lab project and write-up is outlined in your labnotebook.


Any projects or assignments,which are turned in, should be a duplicate of the original. You should keep youroriginal and I will keep the copy you turn in. The article review also MUSTinclude a copy of the article reviewed in order to be graded. Late papers willdecrease one half grade everyday they are late.