Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Biomechanical Analysis
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 22 x 1 hour lectures
Practical 11 x 2 hour practical sessions


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2,000 word essay  40%
Semester Assessment Short Quizzes delivered via Blackboard following Practicals  10%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Semester Examination  50%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary 2,000 word essay  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Supplementary Exam  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate basic knowledge of angular kinematics and kenetics, and be able to recall and define associated key terms and formulae.

Interpret biomechanical kinematic data.

Demonstrate knowledge of the following techniques: use of a force plate; use of a motion analysis system, computation of body segment inertial data, computation of resultant joint moments, methods of estimating individual joint forces.

Appreciate the nature and significance of error in biomechanical measurement techniques.

Demonstrate knowledge of the role of modelling in biomechanics.

Critically read and interpret biomechanics literature.


Biomechanics is one of the three disciplines within the Sport & Exercise Science degree programme. This module will extend the concepts and approaches taught in the Level 1 Biomechanics module to angular mechanics, and complex whole body movement. The methodology underlying such analyses will also be covered.


Indicative content includes:

Definition and computation of angular kinematic quantities.
Newton's Laws in their angular formulation.
Methodology: motion analysis, force plates, anthropometry.
Interpretation of resultant joint moment profiles in gait analysis.
Muscle-tendon mechanical properties and the use of modeling in biomechanics.

Brief description

This module is concerned with angular mechanics and the biomechanics of complex movements. Laboratory experimentation will provide the opportunity for students to develop practical skills in the use of a range of analysis equipment such as a force plate and computer-based motion analysis. A range of sport and exercise situations will be used to illustrate the mechanical principles considered. These could include kinematic analysis of walking; the kinetics of weight lifting; the computation of resultant joint moments and the use of musculo-skeletal modeling in biomechanics.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Calculations associated with practical work and quizzes, analysis of data
Communication Essay
Improving own Learning and Performance Quizzes, essay, practical work.
Information Technology Using computers to collect and process data during practical work.
Personal Development and Career planning None
Problem solving Essay
Research skills Practical laboratory work
Subject Specific Skills Use of biomechanics laboratory equipment
Team work Data collection


This module is at CQFW Level 5