Module title: Scientific Analysis of Human Movement

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

Module code: SES10108
Module leader: Susan Brown
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, 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 the students' confidence to analyse a sporting or exercise technique. This allows students 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. Students are encouraged to be hands on and assessment tasks associated with this module allow students to choose their own context to show their understanding of the theory. The integrated approach to biomechanics and learning allows students to expand their understanding of the nature of human movement during performance without restriction to a single discipline.
Embedding of Employability/PDP/scholarship skills;
The focus of the module is on developing the students' ability to conduct research in an applied context which is useful to the athlete and which could be used in a consultancy or research role. Each student is given the choice of research topic which allows individual preferences to shape the experience and which can be used as a progression to conference presentations and additions to CVs.
In addition to individual tasks within the module, group work will also play an integral part within learning approaches used during practical sessions.
Internationalisation
Throughout the lecture and practical sessions, applying relevant principles to practical contexts

Formative Assessment:
Students will be asked to develop a biomechanical model for use in the development of an outline research proposal. This approach will be carried out in small groups, but each student can adapt the model to their needs for the purpose of completing their own scientific report. Feedback will be provided on this model to support the development of a valid research question and method for the collection of data.

Summative Assessment:
Assessment
Students will be asked to carry out hypothesis testing within the field of biomechanics based on the formative assessment task (LO 2, 3,4). The results will be presented as a scientific report and analysis made of the impact on performance based on the findings of the research (learning outcome 1,4). The collection of data will be carried out in small groups, but each individual student will then prepare their final scientific report as an individual task.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 8
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 145
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Laboratory report 100 1,2, 3,4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
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.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - DUANE KNUDSON (2007) FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMECHANICS: SPRINGER US, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 9780387493121
Core - JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES: TAYLOR & FRANCIS
Core - SPORTS BIOMECHANICS: TAYLOR & FRANCIS
Core - JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS: PERGAMON
Core - PETER MCGINNIS (2013) BIOMECHANICS OF SPORT AND EXERCISE: HUMAN KINETICS, 3rd ed. - ISBN: 9780736089104
Core - ROBERTSON ET AL (2014) RESEARCH METHODS IN BIOMECHANICS: HUMAN KINETICS, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 9780736093408
Core - STERGIOU (2004) INNOVATIVE ANALYSES OF HUMAN MOVEMENT: HUMAN KINETICS, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780736044677
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