SP0469 - Fundamentals of Anatomy and Biomechanics

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What will I learn on this module?

You will gain a thorough practical grounding in the fundamentals of musculo-skeletal anatomy, and methods of assessment and measurement, underpinning movement analysis and biomechanics. Through this, you will learn about the role of biomechanics in analysing and understanding human movement in the context of sport and health. You will be able to explore the principles of assessment of normal movement patterns and actions, and gain practical experience in methods of kinetic and kinematic measurement and analysis commonly employed in sport and clinical biomechanics, performance analysis, and strength and conditioning.
By the end of the module you will have been given the opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to:
1. Explain the basic structure and function of the musculo-skeletal system, and identify key surface anatomical landmarks.
2. Demonstrate an awareness of role of biomechanics, and of how measurement methods can be applied in both sporting and health applications.
3. Demonstrate a sound understanding of fundamental kinematic and kinetic mechanical principles, and apply these to the analysis of movement.
4. Demonstrate professional practice and ethical awareness in human movement assessment.

How will I learn on this module?

In Semester 1 you will be introduced to the structure and function of the human musculo-skeletal system through a combination of lectures and practical workshops, and through directed and independent study. Practical workshops will have a "hands on" approach to identifying surface anatomy landmarks, and assessing ranges of movement, joint stability, posture control mechanisms, and functional movement for exercise. This is supported by reflective tasks where you will be asked to consider your learning to date and how it could be applied.
In Semester 2 you will be introduced to the fundamentals of kinetics and kinematics. Within practical laboratory sessions you will perform fundamental analyses of simple movement assessments using methods commonly employed by biomechanists, performance analysts, and strength and conditioning specialists working in the sporting and clinical fields. Your activities within these laboratory sessions will be underpinned with lectures, directed study and independent study. Using data collected within the laboratory sessions, you will have the opportunity to carry out a variety of data analyses, using various tools, to consider accuracy, reliability, and validity.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

During the first week, you will be introduced to the module, and its’ administrative procedures and assessment requirements.

Support materials for sessions will be available on the eLP; including the lecture slides, suggested reading, access to interactive digital resources and websites, and other useful resources such as discussion boards and invitations to attend lectures by guest speakers. For further support on taught sessions you can access the tutors for one-to-one discussions and tutorials via the online tutorial booking system.

Formative preparation for the anatomy practical exam will take place in practical workshops where you will be able to practise your clinical assessment skills and will receive feedback from your peers and tutors. Preparation for the exam will take place in specific focused practical workshops where you will be able to practice using biomechanical kinematic analysis software, and selecting key performance indicators. Dedicated assessment sessions will afford you the opportunity to ask assignment related questions.

Written feedback will be provided for both summative assessments. A generic feedback session will take place for each assessment, and generic feedback from previous years will be made available on the eLP.

You will receive formative and summative feedback on submitted and practical work, and will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns with the module tutor.

There is also comprehensive help available in the university library on a wide range of generic academic topics such as: academic writing, statistics, report writing, referencing, and how to hone your presentation skills.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. Describe the basic anatomical structure of the human body including muscles, bones and bony landmarks
2. Apply key biomechnical principles to common measurement strategies in kinetic and kinematics analysis of human movement

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On successful completion of the module you:
1. You will have developed clinical assessment and research skills necessary for the investigation of biomechanical problems

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate professional practice and ethical awareness in human movement assessment.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the module, you will have opportunities for informal self-assessment, guided by the tutor. This is aimed at guiding you to recognise your own strengths and weaknesses in terms of knowledge and understanding. Specific module seminars will be used for the practise of key assessment skills (KU 1,2, IPSA 1).

Formal (summative) assessment will be in the form of a practical exam and a one hour written short answer exam.

The practical exam will test your understanding of human anatomy, your skills of professionalism and communication, and your ability to identify and assess key anatomical landmarks and function (KU 1, IPSA 1, PVA 1).
The written exam relates to the underpinning biomechanical principles that apply to the assessment of human movement (KU 2, IPSA 1, PVA 1)





Module abstract

The module will provide a practical grounding in musculo-skeletal anatomy and the related biomechanics of human movement. The module uses a combination of lectures and practical workshops to develop skills in assessment, measurement and movement analysis; utilising theories of biomechanics and anatomy to address common problems in sporting performance and health. Each week a lecture will be used to address the underpinning theory, with a follow up practical used to explore the implications of this theory in practice. The module initially focuses upon the musculoskeletal anatomy and normal movement, and the implications of dysfunction. Later sessions focus upon key skills of measurement and analysis commonly employed in sport and clinical biomechanics, performance analysis, and strength and conditioning. The module also addresses key professional skills and ethical implications in working with members of the public. The module is assessed through a practical exam which focuses upon knowledge of key musculo-skeletal anatomy and clinical assessment skills, and a written exam which evaluates skills of measurement, analysis and interpretation of data commonly found in sport science.

Course info

UCAS Code C600

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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