Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 1 hr lecture per week
Practical 1 x 2hr practical per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2 Hours   Semester Exam  Including short answer and essay style questions  50%
Semester Assessment Semester Assessment    2000 word essay  50%
Supplementary Assessment 3,000 word essay incorporating data analysis  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the kinematics and kinetics of angular movement
2. Analyse and interpret biomechanical data associated with complex movements
3. Understand the following techniques: use of a force plate; use of a motion analysis system.
4. Appreciate the nature and significance of error in measurement techniques
5. Understand the role of Modelling in Biomechanics

Brief description

This module is concerned with the biomechanics of complex movements and equipment design. 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 using a motion analysis system. A wide range of sport and exercise situations will be used to illustrate the mechanical principles considered. These could include kinematic anlaysis of walking; the kinetics of weight lifting; the design of shoes; and impact forces during a step class.


1. Develop knowledge of angular kinetics and kinematics
2. Develop the application of knowledge to the analysis of complex movements in sport and exercise
3. Develop competence in the use of a range of laboratory equipment and in data analysis
4. Develop understanding of the application of Modelling in Biomechanics.

Reading List

Bartlett, R.M. (1996) Introduction to sport biomechanics. London: E & F.N.Spon Primo search Carr, G. (1997) Mechanics of sport: a practitioner's guide. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL Primo search Hamill, J. and Knutzen, K.M. (1995) Biomechanical basis of human movement. Williams and Wilkins, London Primo search Hay, J.G. (1993) The biomechanics of sports techniques. 4th ed Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs NJ Primo search McGinnis, P. (1999) Biomechanics of sport and exercise. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5