Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Biomechanical Analysis
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 22 x 1 Hour Lectures
Practical 11 x 2 Hour Practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   60%
Semester Assessment Short Quizzes delivered via Blackboard  20%
Semester Assessment Essay  (2,000 words)  20%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  60%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  40%

Learning Outcomes

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

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

2. Interpret biomechanical kinematic data.

3. Demonstrate knowledge of the following techniques: use of a force plate; use of a motion analysis system, computation of resultant joint moments.

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

5. Demonstrate knowledge of the role of electromyography in biomechanics.

6. Critically read and interpret biomechanics literature.

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, electromyography 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 and jumping; the kinetics of weight lifting; mechanisms of injury and improving sports performance.


Indicative content includes:
1. Definition and computation of angular kinematic quantities.
2. Newton's Laws in their angular formulation.
3. Methodology of motion analysis and force plates.
4. Interpretation of resultant joint moment profiles in gait analysis.
5. Muscle-tendon mechanical properties.
6. The use of electromyography in biomechanics.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Calculations associated with practical work and quizzes. Analysis of data.
Communication Essay. Collection of data in groups.
Improving own Learning and Performance Quizzes, essay, practical work, peer feedback.
Information Technology Using computers to collect and process data during practical work.
Personal Development and Career planning Providing feedback to peers and reflecting on feedback received.
Problem solving
Research skills Practical laboratory work
Subject Specific Skills Use of biomechanics laboratory equipment.
Team work Data collection. Essay.


This module is at CQFW Level 5