Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Introduction to Biomechanics
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 1 hour lecture per week
Practical 1 x 1 hour practical session per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Four practical worksheets involving calculations  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Multiple choice and short-answer questions  50%
Supplementary Exam Retake failed component  100%

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 and understanding of linear kinematics, linear kinetics, impulse, change in momentum, stress and strain, gravity and friction

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

Perform basic biomechanical calculations.

Brief description

This module introduces students to the study of biomechanics. Students will develop an understanding of mechanical principles relevant to the study of sport and exercise. A 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'r 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.


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 for students taking a joint honours option in Sport & Exercise Science.

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 four worksheets and will be asked to identify helpful strategies.
Problem solving Worksheets.
Research skills Practical sessions.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Discussing problems on worksheets.


This module is at CQFW Level 4