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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 19/07/2022 11:10:02

Title of Module: Applied Sport Biomechanics

Code: SPOR10042 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:U  Chris  Ugbolue

Summary of Module

Applied Sport Biomechanics advances the knowledge and practical skills gained from the previous year by exploring the theoretical and practical principles that underlie contemporary issues and current practice in biomechanics. In this module, students will explore biomechanical measurement techniques (e.g., electromyography, kinematics, kinetics, and portable / wearable devices) applied to human movement analyses in sport and exercise such as injury prevention and performance.

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. Critically assess principles applied to sport biomechanics and performance through evaluation of the literature and current practice.

L2. Appraise and apply biomechanical measurement techniques to investigate and analyse human movement.

L3. Present and defend the measurement and application of biomechanical principles to a sport and exercise scenario.

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 10.

Demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the biomechanical principles applied within an injury prevention and sport performance environment.

Demonstrating critical understanding of biomechanical measurement techniques and computer modelling skills applied to human movement analyses using appropriate hardware and software.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Developing a significant range of laboratory skills designed to assess kinesiology through the application of biomechanical models and research techniques.

Designing experimental protocols within the context of applied sport biomechanics using relevant biomechanical hardware and software.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Critically recognising, defining, conceptualising, analysing, and interpreting complex problems and issues.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Communicating effectively biomechanical datasets through presentation formats that highlight both quantitative and qualitative aspects of biomechanics.

Calculating theoretical and practical problems in biomechanics.

Developing a wide range of ICT skills in biomechanics to enhance graphical and numerical techniques associated with data collection, data processing, data analyses and data interpretation.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Exercising autonomy and initiative in practical sessions but also work as part of a team.

Prioritising, managing time and working to both externally set and self-imposed deadlines.

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 teaching and learning approach will combine synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Core theoretical content will be predominantly delivered through a series of online materials, including recorded lectures hosted on the VLE. Synchronous sessions will comprise applied practical sessions in the laboratory and tutorials. Much of the learning will be achieved through formative practical challenges, directed independent study tasks such as free- writing, creative problem solving, 5-minute papers, classroom debates, small group / individual presentations, peer critiquing of scientific method and writing. Guest lecturers from biomechanical specialists will also be sought.
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/Workshop12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity9
Asynchronous Class Activity15
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:

Indicative texts include:

Blazevich, A. J. (2017). Sports Biomechanics: The Basics: Optimising Human Performance. 3rd edn. London: Bloomsbury.

Kerr, A., and Rowe, P. (2019).?An Introduction to Human Movement and Biomechanics. 7th ed. London: Elsevier.

(**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
ModeratorStephanie Valentin
External ExaminerE Bradley
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
The assessments will require students to complete a written report of practical work and to deliver a presentation.

Assessment 1. Report of practical/ field/ clinical work
Assessment 2. Presentation
(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
Report of practical/ field/ clinical workcheck markcheck mark 600

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Presentation  check mark400
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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