HLTH06041 2019 Biomechanics of Human Movement

General Details

Full Title
Biomechanics of Human Movement
Transcript Title
Biomechanics of Human Movement
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Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Edwenia OMalley, Kenneth Monaghan
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Physiology SG_SHEAL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Science and Physical Activity SG_SHEAL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Health and Exercise Science

This module builds on the structural kinesiology knowledge gained in 'Introduction to Kinesiology & Exercise Instruction' and 'Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology' modules by further developing neuromuscular fundamentals and basic biomechanical factors and concepts. This module will focus on evaluating, improving, and maintaining the muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, and overall health of individuals. It addresses musculoskeletal concerns of the physically active.  The module will specifically address; the neuromuscular system and its motor control, methodologies and systems of measurement, biomechanics in sport, injury, and rehabilitation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of structural kinesiology, neuromuscular fundamentals, and basic biomechanical factors and concepts.


Explain and apply basic principles of the neuromuscular system and its motor control.


Outline methodologies and systems of measurement for analysis of kinematics and kinetics of upper and lower extremity function.


Work individually or as part of a team to identify individual biomechanics in sport, and injury.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time. This will include lectures, and exercise laboratory practicals augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment.

There will be formative structural kinesiology assessment in early semester. There will be a group project to demonstrate the kinematic and kinetic analysis of upper/lower extremity movement in mid-semester. A mid-term MCQ will evaluate; Foundations of Structural Kinesiology, Neuromuscular Fundamentals, and Basic Biomechanical Factors and Concepts. An end of term group presentation will analyse the biomechanics of sports performance.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment. 

Module Dependencies

HLTH06024 201900 Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology

Indicative Syllabus

Foundations of Structural Kinesiology.

Neuromuscular Fundamentals.

Basic Biomechanical Factors and Concepts.

Muscle Mechanics and Neural Control.

The Amount and Structure of Human Movement Variability.

G-Walk Analysis of Functional Movements.

Free-EMG Analysis of Upper/Lower Extremity Function.

Use of Smart Phone Applications in Biomechanics of Sport.

Biomechanics in Sports.

Injury, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation.

Muscular Analysis of Upper/Lower Extremity Exercises.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Structural Kinesiology Formative Practical Evaluation - % Week 2 1
2 Kinematic and Kinetic Understanding of Extremity Movement Continuous Assessment Individual Project 40 % Week 6 1,2
3 MCQ Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 20 % Week 8 3
4 Group Presentation of Biomechanics of Sports Performance. Continuous Assessment Group Project 40 % Week 13 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Not Specified Laboratory Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
01/01/2008 Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Required Reading
2010 Routledge Handbook of Biomechanics and Human Movement Science Taylor & Francis US
ISBN 0415576938 ISBN-13 9780415576932

The Routledge Handbook of Biomechanics and Human Movement Science is a landmark work of reference. Now available in a concise paperback edition, it offers a comprehensive and in-depth survey of current theory, research and practice in sports, exercise and clinical biomechanics, in both established and emerging contexts. Including contributions from many of the world's leading biomechanists, the book is arranged into five thematic sections: biomechanics in sports injury, orthopedics and rehabilitation health and rehabilitation training, learning and coaching methodologies and systems of measurement. Drawing explicit connections between the theoretical, investigative and applied components of sports science research, this book is both a definitive subject guide and an important contribution to the contemporary research agenda in biomechanics and human movement science. It is essential reading for all students, scholars and researchers working in sports biomechanics, kinesiology, ergonomics, sports engineering, orthopaedics and physical therapy.

Required Reading
01/01/2012 Anatomy and Human Movement: Structure and function Elsviere

Recommended Reading
2014 Introduction to Sports Biomechanics
ISBN 0415632439 ISBN-13 9780415632430

Introduction to Sports Biomechanics: Analysing Human Movement Patterns is a genuinely accessible and comprehensive guide to all of the biomechanics topics covered in an undergraduate sports and exercise science degree. Now in a fully revised and updated third edition, the book explores both the qualitative and quantitative analysis of human movement, covering the following key topics: Movement patterns the essence and purpose of sports biomechanics Qualitative analysis of sports movements Sports movement patterns and the geometry of motion Quantitative motion analysis in sports biomechanics What causes sports movements? Forces and moments of force The anatomy of human movement Every chapter contains cross references to key terms and definitions, learning objectives and summaries, study tasks to confirm and extend understanding, and suggestions for further reading. In addition to the printed textbook, readers of this new edition will also have access to an Interactive eTextbook version, a new kind of e-book that can be used on both mobile and desktop devices offering students an unparalleled level of interactivity. Featuring video, data files, pop-up definitions, hyperlinks, self-test quizzes and interactive labelling and sorting tasks, this new electronic edition brings the subject of sports biomechanics to life like no other textbook. With downloadable resources also provided for instructors, including PowerPoint slides and answer guidelines, this remains an essential course text for students of sport and exercise, human movement sciences, ergonomics, biomechanics, physical education, and sports performance and coaching.

Recommended Reading
2010 Human Movement Churchill Livingstone
ISBN 0702031348 ISBN-13 9780702031342

This edition has been updated to confirm basic knowledge which is then applied to specific areas. Drawing on the expertise of a range of authors from the healthcare professions, the new edition has adopted a themed approach that links chapters in context. the strength of this current edition is the explicit chapter integration which attempt to mimic the realities of human movement. to this end we have introdced a theme specifically exploring the psychosocial influences on movement. Integration is further facilitated by increased cross-referencing between the chapters and the innovative use of

Required Reading
01/01/2014 Manual of Structural Kinesiology Mc Graw Hill

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Hamill, J., Knutzen, M., Derrick, R., (2008). Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement. 4th International Edition. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Hong, Y., (2010). Routledge Handbook of Biomechanics and Human Movement Science. Taylor & Francis US.

Soames, W., Ma, N., (2012) Anatomy and Human Movement: Structure and function. 7th Edition. Elsviere.

Roger Bartlett 2014 Introduction to Sports Biomechanics 
ISBN 0415632439 ISBN-13 9780415632430 

Tony Everett (MCSP.), Clare Kell 2010 Human Movement Churchill Livingstone 
ISBN 0702031348 ISBN-13 9780702031342 

Journal Resources

Biomechanics and neural control of movement, 20 years later: what have we learned and what has changed. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28893279

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