module specification

ST4009 - Sports Anatomy and Biomechanics (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19, but may be subject to modification
Module title Sports Anatomy and Biomechanics
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 300
Running in 2018/19 No instances running in the year

Module summary

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications. This module aims to provide an introduction to human anatomy and biomechanics. The module has a bias towards the specific interests of those studying for sports-related degrees.  Thus, the principal focus in anatomy is the musculoskeletal system, together with movement analysis and the isolation of specific muscle groups.  In biomechanics, the focus is on the basic anthropometry and kinematics of the human body.


Musculoskeletal anatomy:
Musculoskeletal anatomy including names, locations and classifications of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments LO1, LO2, LO3

Axes, planes LO2, LO3
Basic movement description
Body composition and somatotyping
Anthropometry and kinanthropometry

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Scheduled teaching hr – 80hr (27%)
Self-managed and directed learning – 220hr (73%)
The first semester is devoted to a practical appreciation of human anatomy and underpinning biomechanics to be able to describe fundamental human movement.  The material is delivered by a combination of lecture, practical and hands-on sessions. Worksheets will be used each week to guide independent study. The second semester will provide a more in-depth analysis of a key biomechanics technique, including data collection, analysis and report writing.

Guided independent study is supported by material on Weblearn.  Anatomy teaching benefits from availability of specialised software. Students are encouraged to reflect on their learning throughout the module and particularly in periodic independent-study weeks.

Students’ study responsibilities are articulated in the Student Charter which is available via the Faculty Web site.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Recall a knowledge of the gross anatomy of the human skeletal and muscular systems and be able to identify and label key anatomical features using appropriate anatomical terminology.
2. Recall and describe basic biomechanics of the human body, including osteokinematics, arthrokinematics, tissue mecahnics, and body composition.
3. Interpret simple practical anthropometric measurements carried out in the lab and provide coherent written reports.

Assessment strategy

Achievement of the learning outcomes is assessed through a combination of coursework (50%) and examination (50%). Summative coursework will consist of one practical written report (1500 words, Learning Outcomes 2 and 3) arising from the experimental biomechanics work carried out in the laboratory; Two written unseen anatomy examinations will also be set, one for lower limb and the other for upper limb (30 minutes each, Learning Outcomes 1 and 2). Both of these exams will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions. An aggregate mark of 40% or more is required to pass this module. Formative assessment opportunities are provided on-line.


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