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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 19/07/2022 12:27:59

Title of Module: Sports Conditioning and Biomechanics

Code: SPOR09057 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Antonio  Dello  Iacono

Summary of Module

This module is designed to advance existing understanding and develop practical skills of the fundamentals of sports conditioning and biomechanics. Students will learn the biomechanical principles underpinning human motion and contextualise them within sports performance scenarios. Building upon basic theory (e.g., neuromuscular physiology, kinetics, kinematics) and key concepts/terminology (e.g., planes of movement, kinetic links, stretch-shortening cycle) in biomechanics, students will develop technical proficiency (e.g., field and lab-based data collection methods, data processing, analysis and interpretation) to effectively analyse movement tasks, as well as practical skills to design evidence-based intervention strategies (e.g., resistance training, core stability, plyometrics, speed, agility and quickness) to optimise performance and prevent injuries. Finally, students will critically review applied coaching theories and use them to operate successfully within sport contexts. 

This module provides the fundamental knowledge and skills for students to work towards the CIMSPA professional accreditation as Strength & Conditioning Trainer  

This module will assist the student in the development of key 'I am UWS Graduate Attributes' to allow those that complete this module to be: 


  • Critical Thinker 

  • Emotionally Intelligent 

  • Collaborative 

Work Ready: 

  • Problem-solver 

  • Motivated 

  • Potential Leader 


  • Innovative 

  • Resilient 

  • Transformational 

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:




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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of neuromuscular physiology and key biomechanics concepts underpinning sports conditioning.

L2. Deconstruct, evaluate and explain sporting tasks from a biomechanical perspective

L3. Design and deliver a sports conditioning intervention with consideration of evidence-based coaching recommendations.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Demonstrating integrated knowledge of biomechanics principles in sport conditioning practice.

Demonstrating critical understanding of procedures to comprehensively evaluate sporting tasks.

Demonstrating translational knowledge of best evidence for the development of athletic performance.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Using a significant range of skills to evaluate sporting task in field and laboratory settings.

Designing intervention strategies to optimise sport athletic performance and to mitigate the impact of injuries.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Critically identify, define, conceptualise and analyse complex problems and issues.

Demonstrating autonomous judgements based on multiple-sources information.

Demonstrating originality in intervention strategies design and delivery.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Presenting or conveying, formally and informally on key topics biomechanics and sports conditioning.

Using a range of applications to process information (Motion analysis equipment, performance analysis software, Microsoft Office package), and to support and enhance effective communication and information convey.

Interpreting, using and evaluating a wide range of numerical and graphical data to set and achieve goals/targets.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Dealing with ethical and professional issues in accordance with current professional and/or ethical codes or practices.

Taking responsibility on your work and assignments, but also participate proactively as a team-player.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The learning and teaching approach will consist of a range of blended and face to face delivery formats, including online materials, recorded lectures, workshops and practical classes. This will utilise a mixture of the university’s virtual learning environments and specialised lab and sport facilities. Core topics and key theoretical components will be introduced to the students primarily through lectures and online materials, before they apply and consolidate that translational knowledge through self-directed learning, group work, class discussion and problem solving in practical settings.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop18
Practice Based Learning6
Asynchronous Class Activity12
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Recommended texts

Baechle, T.R and Earle, R.W. (2016). Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning. 4th edn. Leeds: Human Kinetics.

Cardinale, M., Newton, R., and Nosaka, K. (2010). Strength and Conditioning: Biological Principles and Practical Applications. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Jeffreys, I. (2021). Strength and Conditioning for Sport Performance. 2nd edn. London: Routledge.

Carr, G. (2010). Sport Mechanics for Coaches 3rd edn. Human Kinetics: Leeds.

Grimshaw, P. (2007). Sport and Exercise Biomechanics. Taylor & Francis: Oxford.

Watkins, J. (2014). Fundamental Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise. Routledge.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardSport and Exercise
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelSport & Exercise L7-11
ModeratorU Chris Ugbolue
External ExaminerE Bradley
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
The assessment will require students to complete a written class test and a practical evaluation of an assigned case study

Assessment 1. Class test (written)
Assessment 2. Case study
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)check mark  500

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Case study check markcheck mark500
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
In line with current legislation (Equality Act, 2010) and the UWS Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Code, our modules are accessible and inclusive, with reasonable adjustment for different needs where appropriate. Module materials comply with University guidance on inclusive learning and teaching, and specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. Where modules require practical learning or assessment, alternative formats and/or roles will be provided for students with physical disabilities which impact participation.

The UWS Equality and Diversity Policy is located here:

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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