Undergraduate Course: Sports Biomechanics 4 (SPRT10030)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The aim of this course is to expose the student to the advanced principles and methods underpinning research in sports biomechanics. The mathematics of segmental motion will be used to illustrate the mechanics of sporting movements using both Newtonian and Lagrangean approaches. The different methods for the collection of biomechanical data will be discussed, and the advantages and disadvantages of various techniques will be analysed. Future directions and trends in sports biomechanics will also be examined.
This teaching and learning is research-led. Members of academic staff the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Science (ISPEHS) who contribute to this course are all members of one or more of the following research groups hosted by ISPEHS: (1) Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC), (2) Edinburgh Sports Research, (3) Human Performance and Aquatics and (4) Physical Education Research Forum (PERF).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Sport Science 3A (SPRT10022)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 x examination (50%)
1 x 2500 word assignment (50%)
||Informal Feedback - This takes place during teaching, seminars and practicals throughout the semester. Your tutors will comment on your understanding of the ideas covered in the course, and may give you specific advice regarding your progress. Such feedback is intended to help you understand what your strengths and development points are, and to enable you to take informed responsibility for your learning and progression.
Discussion forum - Throughout the course as a whole the students are encouraged to use a discussion forum in LEARN. Any questions posted by students about teaching, learning and assessment are be responded to by the course tutors for everyone to see.
Cohort feedforward - Detailed cohort feed-forward from previous cohorts of students is provided for all assessments on this course.
Formative Feedback -Feedforward will be given to students relating to the written aspect of the assessed assignment. This will be done in advance of the assessed assignment submission.
Summative Feedback - Individual written feedback will be available for the assignment. In addition detailed cohort feedback document discussing the assignment and some common problems and successes will be available. The feedback given to last year's students will be available too. A detailed cohort feedback document discussing the examination and some common problems and successes will be available. The exam feedback given to last year's students will be available too.
All students are able to request one to one meetings with course tutors to review their exam or assignment.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (April/May Sem 1 resits only)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the mathematics of segmental approaches to sporting movements
- Display knowledge of the principal concepts in biomechanical research.
- Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different techniques of data collection and analysis in biomechanics;
- Be able to collect advanced biomechanical data of a research level in groups;
- Use computers to analyze and communicate biomechanical data
|Bartlett, R.M. and Payton, C.J. (2008) Biomechanical Evaluation of Movement in Sport and Exercise. Routledge, London|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course addresses 14 of the 21 graduate attributes developed on the BSc Applied Sport Science degree
RESEARCH AND ENQUIRY
(1) Understand the philosophy of scientific methods of enquiry in order to critically evaluate evidence and analyse research literature.
(2) Search for, access, critically analyse, evaluate and synthesize information from literature in order to answer research questions in sport and exercise sciences.
(3) Plan and execute research projects, involving data collection and analysis, which answer research questions in sport and exercise sciences.
(4) Interpret data collected or reported in sport, physical activity and exercise studies
(5) Synthesize knowledge from various disciplines so as to understand the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of sport and exercise sciences.
(6) Develop logical arguments surrounding issues within sport science, physical activity and exercise
PERSONAL AND INTELLECTUAL AUTONOMY
(7) Be independent learners who can take responsibility for their own learning
(8) Be able to respond to unfamiliar problems by extrapolating their existing knowledge and understanding
(9) Be able to communicate clearly using oral and written methods, including posters, presentations, essays, web pages, in order to critique, negotiate, create or communicate understanding
(10) Be able to use communication as a means for collaborating with and relating to others including staff, other students and research participants.
(11) Be able to engage in critical discussion demonstrating listening skills, effective use of evidence and their own experiences to articulate points and defend their own assertions
(12) Be able to initiate communication with non-university agencies connected to sport and exercise
(13) Be able to plan and execute substantive research projects in sport and exercise sciences (including but not limited to the dissertation and mini-project)
(14) Have developed their organisational, time management and decision-making skills
(15) Be able to work effectively in a team; overcoming and discussing problems and recognising the diversity of contributions different individuals can make to collaborative work
(16) Be able to transfer knowledge and ideas between different contexts within sport, exercise and health
(17) Be able to engage effectively with outside agencies to foster or develop research, consultancy or support initiatives
(18) Be able to use the test, measurement and analysis tools appropriate to sport, physical activity and exercise, including for example laboratory or field tests.
(19) Be able to design, deliver and analyse the effects of training interventions in sport, physical activity and exercise
(20) Be able to select and apply the appropriate statistical procedures to analyse empirical data
(21) Be able to present data and report research findings according to standard scientific conventions
|Keywords||sport science exercise biomechanics
|Course organiser||Dr Stelios Psycharakis
Tel: (0131 6)51 6587
|Course secretary||Mr Pawel Horyszny
Tel: (0131 6)51 6571