ENME451-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024


15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course will cover research techniques in biomechanics using data capture equipment and provides a framework in which to analyse movement, force generation, and physiology through an understanding of Cartesian vector analysis, analytical methods and tools for the analysis of the human body. Students will be equipped to make quantitative measurements and apply the principles of biomechanics to measuring performance.

For the Mechanical Engineering Biomedical Minor, students must select one of the following options: ENME451, MDPH406.

Learning Outcomes

  • Washington Accord (V4) Summary of Graduate Attributes attained in this course:
     N/A

  • Course topics with Learning Outcomes (and Washington Accord (WA) and UC Graduate Attributes) identified.

    1. Anatomy and Physiology: It is imperative to understand the vocabulary of the human body in order to be able to read scientific literature.
    2. Skeletal Tissue Mechanics: It is also important to understand the tissues of bone, muscle, cartilage, tendon, and ligament at a functional and microscopic level.
    3. Design of Experiments (Statistics): Gathering data from biological systems is difficult and the outcomes depend entirely on how the experiments were designed and data was collected.
    4. Research Techniques in Biomechanics: Course will discuss topics related to gathering data for biomechanics including planar kinematics, body segment parameters, force measurement, inverse dynamics, EMG kinesiology, muscle modelling, and computer simulation of movement.
    5. Overarching course objective
            5.1. Read journal literature, perform experiments to answer posed questions, and write analytical reports on their experimental results in the broad field of biomechanics (EIE1, EIE2, EIE3, EIE4, EIE5, CE1, GA1)
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


30 points of ENME at 300 level
EMTH210, ENME201, ENME202, ENME215, EMTH271, ENME203, ENME207, ENME221

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 443
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 Meremere 105 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:30 - 17:00 Link 309 Lecture Theatre (18/7-1/8)
Mech 130 Thermo Lab (8/8-22/8, 12/9-17/10)
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
02 Thursday 14:00 - 15:30 Link 309 Lecture Theatre (18/7-1/8)
Mech 130 Thermo Lab (8/8-22/8, 12/9-17/10)
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Debbie Munro



The course will consist of two lecture periods (100 hours) and one lab period each week. There will be six lab stations (centred around a specific biomechanics research technique, such as force plates), and students will work as permanent assigned teams at each lab station for two weeks. Toward the end of the course, lab stations will be open use for student teams to conduct their final research projects.


For detailed course, policy, regulatory and integrity information, please refer to the UC web site, or see relevant Course or Department LEARN pages, (which are available to enrolled students).

Please note: Mechatronics students are eligable to take this course.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,197.00

International fee $6,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 50

For further information see Mechanical Engineering .

All ENME451 Occurrences

  • ENME451-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024