Foundations of Human Movement


Biomechanics describes the analysis of human movement using the science of mechanics and provides practitioners in sports, exercise, physical activity and healthcare with tools to analyse, monitor and improve body movement and function. This module will cover the fundamental principles, theories and definitions underpinning the biomechanics of human movement. It will incorporate essential anatomy and physiology related to human movement and performance and introduce students to relevant statistical modelling methods, providing students with a solid foundation in human movement analysis. Content of this module will be delivered with reference to clinical, sport and exercise contexts throughout.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Differentiate and apply common anatomical and biomechanical terminology and definitions  

  2. Describe and interpret key principles and theories underpinning the biomechanics of human movement

  3. Assess and evaluate anatomy and biomechanics of major joints of upper limb, lower limb and trunk

  4. Investigate and distinguish between the kinetics and kinematics of human movement

  5. Synthesise knowledge of anatomical and biomechanical principles to describe and analyse normal human movement patterns of upper limb, lower limb and trunk

  6. Describe, analyse and evaluate key physiological principles of human movement and performance

  7. Independently acquire, analyse and interpret human movement data using appropriate technologies

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