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HSCS-2221 Kinesiology and Biomechanics

This course applies the physical laws of motion to human performance. Students will learn how the muscles and joints function to produce movement through changes in external and internal forces, how to calculate projectile and body kinematics, and how to evaluate sports skills to improve performance.

*The ePortfolio includes only Module #3 (Anatomy)*


BIOL2100 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Pedagogical Approach

These materials are supplemental to the course text and lectures, and only includes information related to Module #3.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will describe the principles of osteokinematics and arthrokinematics and their influence on body movement and assess a patient's function for pathomechanical motion.
  • Students will analyze sport skills/movements in the context of the body’s mechanical system (body segments) and resulting functional performance.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the normal anatomical structures of the human body systems and their biomechanical function.
  • Students will use directional terms and cardinal planes used to describe the body and the relationship of its parts.
  • Students will define and apply the principles and concepts of body movement including functional classification of joints, joint biomechanics, normal ranges of motion, joint action terminology, muscular structures responsible for joint movements, skeletal muscle contraction, and kinesthesia/proprioception.
  • Students will apply the laws of motion to sports skills/movements and use those laws to enhance learning or performance.
  • Students will calculate projectile and body kinematic data.


  • Exams (30% total): Students will take 3 written exams during the semester and a cumulative final exam.  
  • In-Class Labs and Assignments (15% total):  Students will complete various in-class laboratory and group exercises during the semester. This can include pop-up and other un-announced work.  
  • Movement Analysis Project (20% total):    Details are posted in Canvas.  This project will consist of an outline/analysis chart, the paper itself, and a 10min presentation thoroughly describing a movement skill’s components, mechanical analysis, and associated anatomy. Students will also have the opportunity to submit a project rough draft to earn an additional 25pts of extra credit.  
  • Quizzes (15% total):  Students must complete an on-line quiz for each chapter prior to each test via Canvas no later than midnight the day preceding the corresponding test.  Quizzes are open book/note; they must be completed independently (no group work).  
  • Pop-Quizzes (5% total):  Students will complete short, in-class on-line quizzes for many of the chapters (they may be announced or not).  These will be done closed-book, and must be completed during class.  
  • Pull-A-Card Exams (15% total):  Students will complete two 15-minute mini-oral/practical exams during the semester.  Students will come with a partner from class and choose random palpations and/or muscle functions to perform based on the material currently being covered.  Sign-up sheets will be available during the semester.

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