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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Sport and Exercise Biomechanics 1
Module Code SS206
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Kieran Moran
Semester 2: Kieran Moran
Autumn: Kieran Moran
Module TeachersKieran Moran
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To introduce the concepts of biomechanics and their application to (i) sports performance, (ii) injury prevention, and (iii) neuromuscular training.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the role of biomechanics and its strengths and weaknesses in sport, exercise and health environments
2. State the main principles of linear and angular kinematics and kinetic, and provide examples of their application in sport, exercise and health environments
3. Solve vector based questions related to the application of biomechanics (e.g. projectile motion, ground reaction forces)
4. Detail the different components of drag and lift and explain their application in sport

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture32In class lectures
Laboratory6Laboratory based practicals
Independent Study87Independent study and independent task completion
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Topics covered
Biomechanical terms, definitions, terminology and applications. Linear kinematics and kinetics, Angular kinematics and kinetics. Functional biomechanics of the musculo-skeletal system. Biomechanics of selected movements. Fluid mechanics. Qualitative analysis

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment30% Examination Weight70%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class TestIn class test covering material up to week 7 (of 12 weeks)30%Week 7
Written ExamEnd of Semester exam70%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • McGinnis, P: 0, Biomechanics of sport and exercise, Human Kinetics,
  • Hall, S: 0, Basic biomechanics., WCB/McGrawHill,
  • Hay, J.: 0, The biomechanics of sports techniques., PrenticeHall,
Other Resources

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Date of Last Revision09-JUN-09

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