module specification

ST6054 - Advanced Biomechanics (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
Module title Advanced Biomechanics
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
42 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
100 hours Guided independent study
8 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 30%   Reflective Module Log (1200 words)
Coursework 40%   Poster
Coursework 30%   Viva (20 minutes)
Running in 2019/20
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Thursday Morning

Module summary

This module focuses on motion capture and movement analysis backed up by other biomechanical analysis techniques including electromyography and the use of force platforms.  Students will be expected to perform a small group research project, presenting the results as a poster conference at the end of the semester.  Reflective work throughout the module will allow the student to develop a greater understanding of, and employability possibilities within, biomechanical research.  Students will be given the opportunity to research either a project of their choice of select from a given list of project titles.

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. The module aims to provide the student an opportunity to examine an area of biomechanics, focusing on motion analysis, in detail.  Students are encouraged to evaluate, and critically reflect on their chosen area of investigation.  This module aims to prepare students for post-graduate study, and further research suitable for academic publication.

Prior learning requirements

ST5003 / ST5053 / ST5073


Motion capture in 2D of single and cyclical movement LO1,LO2,LO3
Current biomechanics research topics (including those focussing on EMG, force platform and movement analysis) LO1,LO3
Use of motion analysis software and statistical analysis software for motion analysis and description LO1,LO3
Data cleansing/analysis including smoothing, error correction, outlier management, scaling and filtering LO1,LO2,LO3
Statistical measures of reliability including TEM, and ICCLO3
Poster production LO3,LO4
Viva training LO3,LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Knowledge of the subject matter will be communicated through lectures (20 hours), practical sessions (20 hours) and tutorials (10 hours). Appropriate supporting materials will be provided for these class sessions, together with a wider range of web-based learning resources and other student-centred learning opportunities (100 hours). Practical classes (20 hours) will be used to develop expertise with data collection and evaluation, and will form the basis of the coursework component. Self-managed time and private study should be distributed over the whole semester and not left until the final weeks. Students’ study responsibilities are further articulated in the LMU Student Charter.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Understand the process of motion capture and analysis in sport, exercise and rehabilitation settings
2. Engage in consistent and appropriate communication with colleagues, superiors and supervisors with regards to the research process
3. Collect, analyse and present data in an appropriate manner
4. Reflect on the research process and student’s own ability to perform research

Assessment strategy

Reflective Report: 1200 word reflection based on learning gained through the module. (LO 1, 2, 4)

Group Poster: A summary poster of research project undertaken (LO 1, 2, 3).

Viva: 20 minute discussion to demonstrate individual contribution to the research project (LO 1, 3, 4).



Core Texts: 

Ackland, T.R., Elliott, B.C. and Bloomfield, J. (2003) Applied anatomy and biomechanics in Sport, 2nd edn. Leeds, UK: Human Kinetics. (ISBN 978-0-7360-6338-8) [Core Text]

Blazewich, A.J. (2010) Sports biomechanics: The basics: Optimising human performance, 2nd edn. London: A & C Black. (ISBN 978-1408127490) [Core Text]

Griffiths, I. W. (2006) Principles of Biomechanics and Motion Analysis. Philadelphia, Williams and Wilkins. [Core Text]

Grimshaw, P. and Burden, A. (2006) BIOS Instant notes in sport and exercise biomechanics. Oxon, UK: Taylor & Francis. (ISBN 978-1859962848) [Core Text]

Hall, S. (2014) Basic biomechanics. New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (ISBN 978-0-07-337644-8) [Core Text]

Payton, C. and Bartlett, R. (2007) Biomechanical evaluation of movement in sport and exercise: The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences guide. Abingdon: Routledge. (ISBN 978-0415434690) [Core Text]
Other Texts:

Bartlett, R. (2007) Introduction to sports biomechanics, 2nd edn. London: Routledge. (ISBN 978-0415339940)

Bartlett, R. and Bussey, M. (2011) Sports Biomechanics: Reducing injury risk and improving sports performance, 2nd edn. London: Routledge. (ISBN 978-0415558389)

Clippinger, K. (2007) Dance anatomy and kinesiology. Chicago, IL: Human Kinetics. (ISBN 978-0-88011-531-5)

Enoka, R.M. (2008) Neuromechanics of human movement, 4th edn. Chicago, IL: Human Kinetics. (ISBN 978-0736066792)

Hamill, J., and Knutzen, K.M. (2010) Biomechanical basis of human movement, 4th edn. Philadelphia, USA: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. (ISBN 978-1-4511-7730-5)

Kerr, A. (2010) Introductory biomechanics. London: Churchill-Livingstone. (ISBN 978-0443069444)

McGarry, T., O'Donoghue, P., and Sampaio, J. (2013) Routledge handbook of sports performance analysis.  Abingdon: Routledge.

O'Donoghue, P. (2014) An introduction to performance analysis of sport. Abingdon: Routledge.

Rosenbaum D.A. (2009) Human motor control, 2nd edn. London: Academic Press. (ISBN 978-0123742261)

Schmidt R.A. and Lee, T.D. (2011) Motor control and learning, 5th edn.  Chicago, IL: Human Kinetics. (ISBN 978-0736079617)

Schmidt R.A. and Wrisberg C.A. (2007) Motor learning and performance, 4th edn. Chicago, IL: Human Kinetics.  (ISBN 978-0736069649)