Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Advanced Biomechanics
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 lectures
Practical 11 Practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Submission of Portfolio  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit failed component  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Collect motion, force plate and electromyography data and understand noise reduction methods for these data sources.

Use these data to interpret and communicate the salient features of motion.

Complete an inverse-dynamic analysis of a three-segment system.

Use a modelling programme to simulate the muscle force=length relationship and incorporate this in a musculo-skeletal modle.

Understand the role of neuromuscular feedback in motion control.


Biomechanics is one of the three key disciplines within the Sport & Exercise Science degree programme. This module will develop the skills learnt in the Year 2 biomechanics module to the point where students are able to conduct biomechanical analyses independently.

Brief description

This module will further develop the skills learned in the second year biomechanics module. Familiarity will be gained with methods such as a computer-based motion analysis, force measurement and electromyography through the quantitative analysis of human movement and function. Students will be introduced to techniques used in biomechanical modelling and simulation, and will use these tools to apply biomechanical principles learned in Year 2 to the in-depth analysis of movements such as walking and running. The role of neuromuscular feedback in motor control will be explored.

Students will develop a portfolio of work to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. The portfolio will contain applications of the procedures, methods and calculations demonstrated and practiced in class. These applications will be based around a sport or exercise situation of the student's choice so that the complete portfolio represents a complete analysis of their situation of interest using a range of techniques.


Further motion analysis, force measurement, electromyography

- Gait analysis and the interpretation of muscle and joint function

- Signal acquisition and processing.

- Introduction to rates of change and integration as a summing process.

- Equations of motion for a thigh-shank-and-foot system or similar for non-constant acceleration.

- Use of biomechanical modelling and simulation software to investigate motion.

- Motor control and neuromuscular feedback mechanisms.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Calculations associated with practical work.
Communication Collection of data in groups.
Improving own Learning and Performance Using tutorials to gain feedback and improve understanding.
Information Technology Using computers to collect and process data during practical work.
Personal Development and Career planning None
Problem solving Practical work: designing data collection and performing calculations.
Research skills Design of data collection. Understanding of noise reduction procedures during data collection.
Subject Specific Skills Laboratory skills and data colle4ction and processing skils
Team work Collection of data in groups.


This module is at CQFW Level 6