Module Overview

Human Movement Science 2

The module aims to introduce students to applied concepts of human movement with a biomechanics focus. The primary goal of the module is to develop understanding of the principles of biomechanics in application to coaching science, such as with respect to exercise prescription, human performance and health and wellbeing. The module will build on coaching principles of Human Movement Science 1 and also present a foundation of understanding for applied strength and conditioning later in the program.

Module Code

TRAN H2005

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Basic principles of Biomechanics:

Introduction to Forces (static and dynamic), Linear kinematics (movement, acceleration, and projectile motion), Linear kinetics (inertia, impulse and momentum, Newton’s laws), Torques and moments, Angular kinetics and kinematics,Work, power and energyStress and Strain

Applying biomechanics to human movement

Biomechanics of walking / runningBiomechanics of jumping/landingBiomechanics of throwing / kickingBiomechanics of weight lifting

Applied case studies in measuring human movement

This section should be based on applied research examples Case study – measuring forces during running for a) performance, b) injuryCase study – biomechanical analysis to understand injury developmentCase Study - Qualitative analysis of movement for activities of daily living (box lift, posture, driving)


A series of practical tutorials will be organised each week through which the student will be afforded theopportunity to develop their application of biomechanical assessment using available technologies. To include – force plate measurement, video analysis for movement assessment, iso-inertial sensor technology to measure jump and landing performance, gait analysis with the OptoGait, measuring accelerations of the leg, speed gates for linear motion.

Methods used to achieve the module learning outcomes will include lectures, tutorials, practicals, interpretation of data, case studies, problem-solving exercises, video presentations, self-directed learning and computer-based learning.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination50
Other Assessment(s)50