20 credits at level HE4
The module aims to introduce students to the fundamental mechanical principles that underpin sports and exercise activities as well as introduce and develop basic biomechanical laboratory skills. More specifically this module will:
1.Develop the ability to apply basic biomechanical principles to understand the execution of simple sport and exercise tasks
2.Develop the ability to apply basic biomechanical concepts to solve simple sport and exercise problems
3.Develop the ability to collect, analyse and interpret basic video and force platform data
The module will include topics such as:
Linear kinematics (Vectors, Displacement, Velocity & Acceleration, Equations of Uniformly Accelerated Motion, projectile motion)
Linear Kinetics (Newtonís laws, Impulse-momentum relationship, conservation of momentum, friction)
Locating the centre of gravity
Qualitative and quantitative video analysis
Moments, Levers & mechanical advantage
A series of lectures will be used to introduce students to the essential concepts and knowledge associated with specific topic areas. Understanding of this knowledge and its application will be further developed in compulsory tutorials and practical sessions. The later will be used to enhance practical skills and competency in video and force platform analysis.
The learning hours for this module will be made up of the following components:
Lectures 12 hours
Labs/ Seminars 22 hours
Tutorials 6 hours
In class tests 2 hours
Independent study 158 hours (including background reading, exam and coursework preparation).
Learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3 will be assessed by students submitting an individual lab portfolio, which will include tasks that assess the studentís ability to collect, process, analyse and interpret biomechanical data obtained from various measurement tools used during the module.
Learning outcome 1 will be further assessed by 2 in-class tests that will involve a mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions that will assess the studentís ability to use basic mechanical principles to solve sport & exercise problems and understand the execution of sports skills & exercise tasks.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Develop an understanding of basic mechanical principles that underpin sports and exercise tasks||
Applies mechanical concepts to the solution of biomechanical problems
Can describe the application of biomechanical principles to the understanding of basic sports skills & exercise tasks
Can interpret data in relation to mechanical principles
|2.||Develop an understanding of subject specific skills necessary to collect and interpret biomechanics data and analyse sport and exercise performance.||Competently collect, process, analyse & interpret basic biomechanical data from video and force platform|
|3.||Develop important elements of lab reporting skills||
Appropriate data presentation in lab tasks.
Use of references/ normative data to support findings
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Multiple choice questions on mechanical concepts covered in the first half of the module||Multiple choice & short answer questions on mechanical concepts covered in the second half of the module||2500 word lab workbook comprising of data collection, analysis and interpretation on the range of lab skills introduced during the module|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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Journal of Applied Biomechanics
Journal of Biomechanics
Journal of Sport & Exercise Sciences
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
|Host Subject Group:||Sport, Leisure and Tourism|
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