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HL10038: Introduction to human biomechanics

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 40%, EX 60%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Lab Report (Pass/Fail) (CW 0%)
  • Coursework (CW 40% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
  • Exam (EX 60% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take HL10034
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide students with basic scientific knowledge and understanding of biomechanical aspects of human locomotion and sport performance and to provide experience of carrying out simple biomechanical measurements.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
* Demonstrate an understanding of biomechanical concepts relating to general human movement and sport performance.
* Describe the structure and function of the neuromuscular system and analyse co-ordinated human movements.
* Use video cameras and simple measurement devices to record and analyse the kinematics of human movements in a directed group situation.
* Identify the structure and content of biomechanical scientific reports.
* Produce a biomechanical report.

Knowledge and Understanding of the unit content - taught, facilitated and assessed
Synthesis and interpretation of information - facilitated and assessed
Written Communication - taught, facilitated and assessed
Spoken communication - facilitated
Information Technology - taught and facilitated
Problem Solving - taught, facilitated and assessed
Data Acquisition, Handling and Analysis - taught, facilitated and assessed
Working Independently - facilitated and assessed
Working as part of a group - facilitated

Linear kinematics; displacement, velocity and acceleration. Fundamentals of projectile motion.
Angular kinematics; rotation, angular displacement, velocity and acceleration.
Neuromuscular structure and function of skeletal muscle; structure of muscle fibres and fibre types; nerve supply to and feedback from muscle; sliding filament theory of muscle contraction; factors affecting the force produced by muscle (force-length, force-velocity, force-time relationships, stretch-shortening cycle); co-ordinated movement patterns in walking and running.
Basic techniques for analysing human movement; operation and use of video equipment, photocells, isokinetic dynamometers and other techniques for measuring motion and muscle function.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL10038 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Year 1)
  • UHHL-ACB04 : BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Combined Professional Placement and Study Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Year 1)
  • UHHL-ACM01 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Combined Professional Placement and Study Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AKM01 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AAM01 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Study year abroad (Year 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.