SP4004 - Fundamentals of Anatomy and Biomechanics

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 a sound understanding of professional practice and ethical awareness in human movement assessment.

How will I learn on this module?

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.
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?

Module information, assessment requirements and expectations, and important module announcements will be made through the eLP. Material to support your learning will be uploaded in advance of sessions. You will be provided with content verbally and guided through tasks during timetabled sessions. A dedicated assessment session will afford you the opportunity to ask assessment related questions in class. The Module Leader is there to support you with any queries that you may have about the module content, and all staff members provide tutorial time outside of class time. Module tutors will provide you with the necessary information on how to arrange a tutorial. You will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on your development during the module, and you will receive feedback on summative work to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial. There is also further academic skills support available from the University Library services.

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:
1. Describe the basic anatomical structure of the human body including muscles, bones and bony landmarks.
2. Apply key biomechanical principles to common measurement strategies in kinetic and kinematics analysis of human movement.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Demonstrate an awareness of role of biomechanics, and of how measurement methods can be applied in both sporting and health applications.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Demonstrate a sound understanding of professional practice and ethical awareness in human movement assessment.

How will I be assessed?

Formal (summative) assessment will be in the form of an exam (75 minutes). The written exam will test your understanding of human anatomy, your ability to identify and assess key anatomical landmarks and function (1, 3, 4). In addition, the written exam relates to the underpinning biomechanical principles that apply to the assessment of human movement (2, 3, 4).

Formative Feedback
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.

Summative Feedback
You will receive written or audio feedback on your summative assessment to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

The module will provide a practical grounding in musculoskeletal 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 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 written exam which evaluates knowledge of key musculo-skeletal anatomy, skills of measurement, analysis and interpretation of data commonly found in sport science.

Course info

UCAS Code CB65

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

Fee Information

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