Module Identifier SS21020  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Mark Burnley  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Rhys Thatcher  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 Hours Consolidation Workshops  
  Practical   20 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Practical competance test and data interpretation (under examination condidtions)50%
Semester Assessment 2000 word essay  50%

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. Demonstrate competence in the following techniques: use of a force plate; use of the APAS system
4. Appreciate the nature and significance of error in measurement techniques
5. Demonstrate the ability to analyse the biomechanical aspects of sport & exercise equipment

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 the APAS 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 biomechanics to the design of equipement

Reading Lists

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


This module is at CQFW Level 5