SP6000 - Human Movement Science

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What will I learn on this module?

The aim of the module is to enable you to further develop the practical and theoretical skills you learned in previous modules. You will be introduced to advanced kinematic and kinetic data collection and analysis techniques, and to potential applications relevant to current research initiatives in sport and clinical biomechanics.
In the second part of the module, you will explore advanced techniques used in clinical biomechanics. You will develop your practical skills and learn to use clinical normative profiling techniques. You will design your own projects and learn to independently collect, and critically appraise your data, and report your findings.
In addition, this module aims to develop your appreciation of scientific rigour in experimental design and testing, and to give you an understanding of how to control and measure potential sources of error, reliability and validity.

You will cover a range of topics from the following:
- Revision of fundamental principles of theoretical biomechanics applied to specific sporting skills.
- Advanced motion analysis
- Clinical gait analysis
- Clinical postural control
- Accelerometry
- disability biomechanical applications
- Inverse dynamics and modelling techniques
- Current methods of kinetic analysis and muscle activity assessment, including advanced electromyography and ultrasound
- The design of testing programmes and scientific rigour.
- Critical evaluation of limitations, validity and reliability
- Data stability, and the theoretical and practical aspects of potential sources of error: how these are identified, measured, and their effects estimated statistically.

How will I learn on this module?

This module will facilitate your learning through formal, but interactive, lectures which provide the main theoretical and conceptual information. These taught sessions will be supported by structured small-group interactive practical laboratory workshops with a strong applied emphasis, seminars, and discussions. The concepts of data stability, validity, and reliability are embedded throughout this module, and you will take part in laboratory workshops that will provide you with the opportunity to discuss potential errors arising from the data collection process, and to design methods of assessing data stability and random and systematic error. In seminars you will be given the opportunity to develop your skills in critically evaluating the data collection and analysis employed in existing research articles. You will also have two seminars that are designed to assist you in writing a grant from costing, dissemination and structure.

Throughout semester one and two your will design and undertake clinical and biomechanical assessments of healthy individuals and those with disabilities or chronic injury. You will compare your findings to normative data, current literature, and underpinning theory, and synthesize and communicate your findings. Prearation for the assignment will involve you in designing your own data collection, and analysis, sessions to appraise the reliability and accuracy of data collection systems. In the second semester you will undertake two reliability laboratory sessions whereby you will collect data which you will analyze for your grant application on a piece of biomechanical equipment such as force plates.

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 to you 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 validity study will take place in student-led seminars where you will be able to practise your skills in critiquing journal articles, and will receive feedback from your peers and tutors. For the grant proposal itself you will take place in specific focused practical workshops where you will be able to practice using clinical assessment tools and software. Dedicated assessment sessions will afford you the opportunity to ask assignment related questions.

Written feedback will be provided for the assessment. assessment question and answer session will be held prior to the hand in of the grant proposal, and generic feedback from previous years will also 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 you may have 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.
demonstrate a critical appreciation of scientific rigour in the processes of experimental design, data collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation;

2. critically evaluate and apply a range of evidence based assessment and intervention strategies in biomechanics;

3. adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to solving complex problems

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

1. work independently, and manage a small group to assist with data collection, to undertake an independent project involving being able to critically appraise, and functionally utilise, generic kinematic and kinetic data collection methods, and different IT formats ;

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

1. demonstrate an understanding of the need for an ethical and sensitive approach when working with clients from diverse cultural and clinical groups.

How will I be assessed?

You will undertake one assessment in this module, at the end of semester two.

1) Individual grant application ( worth 100%) You will be required to write a grant application applying for funds to support a proposed research study on a topic of your choice, which requires data collection in either sports, exercise, or clinical biomechanics. A successful application will require you to conduct an in depth series of appropriate validity studies and pilot testing, and then undertake a critical evaluation of the magnitude of the potential errors and validity of the proposed method of data collection and methods of analysis. (KU 1,2,3 IPSI 1 PVA 1)

Formative preparation for the validity study will take place in student led seminars where you will be able to practice your skills in critiquing journal articles and will receive feedback from your peers and tutors.
Preparation for the individual assignment will take place in specific focused workshops where you will be able to practice using relevant equipment and assessment skills, and selecting key performance indicators.

Dedicated assessment sessions will be scheduled into the module to afford you the opportunity to ask assignment related questions. Written feedback will be provided for assessments.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

In this module you will be introduced to advanced kinematic and kinetic data collection and analysis techniques, and to potential applications relevant to current research initiatives in sport and clinical biomechanics. You will explore advanced techniques used in current biomechanical clinical assessment, and evaluate both healthy individuals and individuals from clinical/chronic minorities.
This module aims to develop your appreciation of scientific rigour in experimental design and testing, and to give you an understanding of how to control and measure potential sources of error, reliability and validity. You will design your own project and learn to independently collect, and critically appraise your data, and report your findings.
You will be challenged to demonstrate your passion and creativity and to further develop your understanding of testing and measuring through writing a grant application to support a research a topic of your choice in either a sporting or clinical population

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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