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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC1218 Introduction to Biomechanics

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Graham Askew

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Pass at A-level in a science subject or equivalent

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module recognises the varying scientific and mathematical backgrounds of students entering the BSc Sports and Exercise Science degree schemes. It is designed to ensure that all students receive grounding in the fundamental concepts of the mechanical study of sport and exercise on which the more advanced modules in mechanics and biomechanics are based.


To introduce students to the mechanical principles underpinning human movement in a sports and exercise context.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module students should have an understanding of:
(a) The different types of force;
(b) Newton’s Laws of Motion and when they apply;
(c) How to describe motion using appropriate terminology and understand how it is quantified;
(d) Work, energy and power;
(e) Aerodynamics in sport;
(f) The mechanics of impacts.


Students will cover, at an introductory level:
(a) Movement forces, including aerodynamic forces;
(b) Gait and kinematics of locomotion;
(c) Kinetics of locomotion and its applications to gait analysis;
(d) Newton's laws of Motion;
(e) Energy, work and power;
(f) Momentum and the conservation of momentum;
(g) Impacts in sport.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
In Course Assessment21.002.00
Private study hours85.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- 2 hour reading per lecture (20 hours)
- 2 hours per week completion of online worksheets - formative assessments (20 hours)
- 18 hours preparation of lab work book
- 20 hours preparation for summative assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- problem solving worksheets
- In course open book short MCQs (Summative) mid and end of term.
- Lab report.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportLab report20.00
In-course AssessmentAssessment - completion of in-course worksheets/quizes/ etc20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Pass in individual elements not required.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment24 hr 60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/12/2021


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