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Biomechanics and Kinesiology

Module titleBiomechanics and Kinesiology
Module codeESS2004
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Dr Vicky Stiles (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module builds upon the Foundations of Biomechanics core module and introduces methods for analysing angular motion. Through the development of an understanding of angular kinematics and angular kinetics, you will become familiar with approaches for analysing human movement in sports and exercise, both for improving sports performance and for reducing the incidence of injury. You will gain experience of collecting biomechanical data and develop video and data processing and analysis skills to extract and calculate variables relevant to performance and/or injury.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to develop your understanding of angular kinematics and angular kinetics, and to provide opportunity for you to apply these concepts to the analysis of human movement. Specific areas covered include: angular kinematics; angular kinetics; angular momentum; biomechanical analysis applied to specific sports; introduction to biomechanical aspects of injury.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Describe the kinematic and kinetic methods used in the biomechanical analysis of angular motion
  • 2. Analyse and interpret biomechanical data obtained either in an applied or laboratory setting
  • 3. Demonstrate the basic analytical skills required to calculate and interpret biomechanical data
  • 4. Explain and demonstrate the basic analytical skills required to understand published biomechanical material

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Apply theoretical concepts to practical problems
  • 6. Analyse and evaluate data objectively

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Using spreadsheet packages to analyse and visualise data
  • 8. Knowledge of how to export/import different file types
  • 9. Synthesising information/short report writing
  • 10. Manage time effectively
  • 11. Organise material

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

The following content will be delivered using a blended learning approach including bite-sized pre-recorded online lectures and tasks and live engagement activities. ‘Open Lab’ sessions will also be scheduled when possible/ appropriate, to facilitate engagement with specialised equipment or software on site.

  • Introduction to module; angular kinematics I
  • Angular kinematics II
  • Kinematic analysis of performance I
  • Kinematic analysis of performance II
  • Biomechanical analysis of injury: kinematic aspects
  • Sports shoe  design
  • Current themes in running and footwear
  • Angular kinetics I: moments and centre of gravity
  • Angular kinetics II: moment of inertia
  • Angular kinetics III: angular momentum
  • Summary and revision questions

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching11 Live engagement
Scheduled Learning and Teaching17Online lab content (tasks)
Guided Independent Study17Lecture content
Guided Independent Study10‘Open Labs’ (lab engagement)
Guided Independent Study40Weekly guided reading and tasks
Guided Independent Study18Preparation for mid-term assessment
Guided Independent Study37Preparation for examination


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Mid-term exam2 hours1-11Answers to multiple choice and written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Examination1002 hours 15 minutes Open book (exam available to access and submit within 24 hr window)1 - 11Generic feedback report


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExamination1 - 11August/September assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to sit a further examination. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Module text:

  • Hay, J.G. (1993). The Biomechanics of Sports Techniques (Fourth Edition). Prentice-Hall, Inc, Englewood Cliffs. ISBN 0-13-084534-5

Further recommended reading:

  • Hamill, J. and Knutzen, K.M. (2008). Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement. 3rd Edition. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, London. ISBN 13: 978-0-7817-9128-1.
  • Bartlett, R. (2007). Introduction to Sports Biomechanics. Analysing Human Movement Patterns. 2nd Edition. Chapman and Hall, London. ISBN 0-419-20840-2.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources


  • Sports Biomechanics. Routledge.
  • Journal of Applied Biomechanics. Human Kinetics Publishers.
  • Journal of Biomechanics. Elseivier.
  • Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. American College of Sports Medicine.
  • Journal of Sports Sciences. Taylor and Francis.

Key words search

Angular kinematics, angular kinetics, injury, sports performance, biomechanics

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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