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## HL10038: Introduction to human biomechanics

Owning Department/School: Department for Health
Credits: 6
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Period: Semester 2
Assessment: CW 30%, EX 60%, MC 10%
Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take HL10034 and (take MA10103 or have A-level Mathematics).
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 should be able to:
* Describe the structure and function of the neuromuscular system and analyse co-ordinated human movements.
* Demonstrate an understanding of biomechanical concepts relating to general human movement and sport performance.
* 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.

Skills:
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.

Content:
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. Linear kinematics; displacement, velocity and acceleration. Fundamentals of projectile motion.
Angular kinematics; rotation, angular displacement, velocity and acceleration.
Newton's laws of motion;
Basic techniques for analysing human movement; operation and use of video equipment, photocells and other techniques for measuring motion and muscle function.
Programme availability:

#### HL10038 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health
• UHHL-AFB01 : BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Full-time) - Year 1
• UHHL-ACB04 : BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Combined Professional Placement & Study Abroad (Full-time with Combined Placement) - Year 1
• UHHL-AKB04 : BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 1
• UHHL-AAB02 : BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 1
• UHHL-AFM01 : MSci (hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Full-time) - Year 1
• UHHL-ACM01 : MSci (hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Combined Professional Placement & Study Abroad (Full-time with Combined Placement) - Year 1
• UHHL-AKM01 : MSci (hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 1
• UHHL-AAM01 : MSci (hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 1

Notes:
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* 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.