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Module

SES1003 : Introduction to Biomechanics

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Brook Galna
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The field of human biomechanics concerns itself with how internal and external forces act on the body to create or resist movement. Biomechanical principles are regularly applied to improve exercise and sporting performance; better understand the underlying mechanisms of pathology and guide treatment; and in the design of sporting equipment and medical devices.

This module introduces the principles of biomechanics; presents ways in which they can be applied to human movement in clinical and sporting contexts; and demonstrates a range of industry standard tools which are used to assess the biomechanics of human movement.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus comprises of three key aspects taught concurrently:

i) fundamental principles of biomechanics;

ii) how these biomechanical principles are applied in clinical and sporting contexts; and

iii) methods of assessing the biomechanics of human movement.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials171:0017:00NonSync online material - short recordings & formative activities (quizzes/prob solving activities)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation and completion of the laboratory report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Revision for the final examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical32:006:00PIP practical sessions. Students will measure human movement using range of biomechanical equipment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1113:00113:00Completing directed readings and enhancing understanding of lecture materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00PIP - revision sessions held half-way through and at end of the semester
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00PIP - computer workshops on how to process, analyse and illustrate biomechanical data
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00PIP - Mathematics primer workshop
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:003:00PIP - workshops focused on collaborative work and problem solving questions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00PIP - introduction to the module
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials and associated formative exercises introduce and reinforce key concepts of the module in support of the knowledge outcomes. Practical sessions are designed to provide students with hands on use of biomechanics equipment. These practical sessions will help solidify the student understanding of fundamental principles, support the development of skills outcomes relating to team work and inter-personal communication, and give them a degree of familiarity with industry standard equipment. Additional workshops will teach students how to process, analyse and illustrate biomechanical data. A 1-hour mathematics session will be provided in the first fortnight to help students gauge where their mathematics skills are with respect to what is required for the module as well as to introduce them to mathematics support services such as MathsAid. Two 2-hour revision workshops will be run to give students the opportunity to practice exam-style questions and revise material prior to the exam.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination902A75Invigilated exam will include a range of question types (approx 20 MCQ/short answer questions)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M25Practical report based on practical sessions (500 words).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A single online examination will assess the learning outcomes as well as skills outcomes in relation to calculating basic biomechanical parameters and explaining how biomechanics is applied to human movement. The exam will be scheduled at the end of the semester and assess content from both lectures and practical sessions.

A single practical report will assess the student’s ability to assess and communicate the biomechanics of human movement. In doing so, the students will demonstrate a working knowledge of: i) the fundamentals of biomechanics; and ii) how these fundamentals can be applied to the study of human movement.

Formative exercises have been integrated into the module to provide students a chance to gauge their mathematical skills (and be introduced to MathsAid support) in the first fortnight of the module. Problem solving exercises posted online and during in-person workshops will let students practice their biomechanical problem solving skills throughout the module, and so are designed to build the student confidence and the ability to comprehend the underlying biomechanical concepts. The revision sessions provide students with an opportunity to practice exam-style questions and also consolidate material they have learned prior to summative examination.



Public Health Contingency:
Exam to move to online 24h take-home (same format).

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