Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Biomechanics and motor control of movement
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

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


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Report: Force, muscle activation and fatigue  (1000 words)  25%
Semester Assessment Report: Post processing of kinematic data  (1000 words)  25%
Semester Assessment Worksheet: Inverse Dynamics  20%
Semester Assessment Report: Interpreting biomechanical data  (1500 words)  30%
Supplementary Assessment Varies:  Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate advanced level knowledge and understanding of theories and principles in biomechanics and motor control.

2. Construct critical reviews on a range of topics based on academic sources.

3. Solve problems of a numerical and logical nature.

4. Use a range of computer packages to analyse data and produce reports.

5. Demonstrate an ability to self-reflect and identify areas of development.

Brief description

This module will develop methods such as 3D motion capture, force measurement and electromyography through the quantitative analysis of movement and function. An integrated approach principles of motor control will result in the application of inverse dynamics in a clinical or sports related situation. Students will be guided through the principles of 3D motion analysis, with particular reference to clinical gait analysis and sports performance.
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 as provided in the practical, with the lectures providing the core background knowledge. These applications can be based around a sport or exercise situation of the student's choice so that the portfolio represents a complete analysis of their situation of interest using a range of techniques.


Indicative content includes:
Postural control and balance Postural Control and BalanceMotor control and electromyography Motor Control and Electromyography
Three-dimensional gait analysis and joint angles Three dimensional Gait Analysis
Processing of biomechanical data Post-processing of biomechanical data
Joint angles in 3D
Methodology and interpretation of inverse dynamics Methodology of Inverse Dynamics
Interpretation of Inverse Dynamics
Project: Research in Biomechanics and Motor Control.

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. Feedback following each component of the portfolio.
Information Technology Using computers to collect and process data during practical work. Developing basic programming skills, in MatLab or in Excel.
Personal Development and Career planning Receiving and handling constructive feedback.
Problem solving Identifying relevant dependent variables to quantify gait. Practical work: designing data collection and performing calculations.
Research skills Design of research and data collection. Understanding of noise reduction procedures during data collection. Searching and identifying relevant literature. Scientific writing.
Subject Specific Skills Laboratory skills and data collection and processing skills.
Team work Collection of data in groups.


This module is at CQFW Level 6