Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Foundations in Biomechanics
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 x 1 Hour Lectures
Practical 10 x 1 Hour Practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Worksheets  Four practical worksheets involving calculations  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Examination  Multiple choice and short-answer questions  50%
Supplementary Assessment Worksheets  Retake failed component  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Examination  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Recall and define key biomechanical terms, abbreviations, units and formulae.

Demonstrate basic knowledge of linear kinematics, linear kinetics, impulse, change in momentum, stress and strain, work and energy, aerodynamics, buoyancy, gravity and friction.

Demonstrate the application of this basic knowledge to simple movements in sport and exercise.

Perform basic biomechanical calculations.


Biomechanics is one of the three key disciplines within the Sport and Exercise Science degree programme. This module will introduce basic biomechanical concepts and approaches to the study of sport and exercise using biomechanical analysis techniques. These concepts and approaches will be extended in the Level 2 module SS21020.

Brief description

This module introduces students to the study of biomechanics. Students will develop a secure understanding of mechanical principles relevant to the study of sport and exercise. A wide variety of sport and exercise situations will be used to demonstrate the application of these principles. A series of laboratory practicals will introduce some of the key analytical tools available to the biomechanist, and will help students consolidate their understanding of the theory.


Indicative content includes:

Definition and computation of kinematic quantities: position, displacement, velocity and acceleration.

Vector and scalar quantities.

Newton's Laws of linear motion.

Impulse-change in momentum relationship.

Basic material properties such as stress and strain and the relationship between these measures and injury.

Basic fluid mechanics.


Searching and reading the biomechanics literature.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Calculations on worksheet.
Communication Discussing problems on worksheets
Improving own Learning and Performance Worksheets.
Information Technology Using computers to collect and process data.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will be asked to evaluate their improvement over the course of the worksheets and will be asked to identify helpful strategies.
Problem solving Worksheets
Research skills Worksheets
Subject Specific Skills Algebra, trigonometry, mechanics
Team work Discussing problems on worksheets.


This module is at CQFW Level 4