Module title: Scientific Analysis of Human Movement

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES10108
Module leader: Konstantinos Kaliarntas
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science


2020/1, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Susan Brown
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered via research focused lectures (LO 1-3) and practical classes (LO 1-4) designed to develop your confidence in analysing a sporting or exercise technique. This allows you to be fully engaged in a practical sense to the theory using various up-to-date and relevant contexts and utilising the University's excellent Biomechanics related equipment and technological resources. You are encouraged to be hands on and assessment tasks associated with this module allow you to choose your own context to show your understanding of the theory. The integrated approach to biomechanics and learning allows you to expand your understanding of the nature of human movement during performance without restriction to a single discipline.

Formative Assessment:
You will be asked to submit a research proposal (LO 2) and following discussion and feedback, will be asked to carry out hypothesis testing within the field of biomechanics based on this proposal (LO 3,4). The results will be presented and analysis made of the impact on performance based on the findings of the research. The project will be proposed in small groups and data collected as a group which form the formative part of the assessment, but you will complete the summative assessment task of presenting your data by yourself. This will take the form of a report, similar to the published studies you will read from peer reviewed literature.

Summative Assessment:
This module will be assessed through a single summative assessment task which will involve you producing a report, in a scientific paper format of your study. The proposal and data collection will be carried out in small groups according to topic choice (see formative assessment) and following this, you will produce a scientific report comprising an introduction and rationale, methods, results and discussion of your study. This is to be completed on your own and accounts for 100% of the module mark.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 11
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 142
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Laboratory report 100 All 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

According to the selected research topic a selection of the following would be appropriate: Principles and techniques of movement description. Gait analysis. Dynamical Systems Analysis. Optimisation of technique. Variability. Mechanical functioning of the musculo-skeletal system. Centre of gravity. Stretch shorten cycle, elasticity.. Angular kinematics, angular kinetics, Torque and moments. Preferred movement amplitudes and frequencies. Inter and intra limb coordination. Advanced data collection techniques: Motion capture, Force data collection. Validity, reliability and errors in measurement. Statistical methods for data analysis.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Examine the application of different practical and theoretical approaches to investigating human movement
LO2: Demonstrate a critical understanding of current literature to inform a battery of assessment techniques and methods in response to a research question.
LO3: Apply knowledge, skills and understanding to execute a defined project of research relating to human movement
LO4: Analyse, interpret and evaluate the numerical and/or graphical data collected to present information about the selected topic to informed audiences.

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