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Module Title
Introductory Biomechanics

kinetics; kinematics; algebraic operations

SCQF Points30
ECTS Points15
CreatedApril 2010
ApprovedJune 2010
AmendedSeptember 2015
Version No.2

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Prerequisites for Module

None (in addition to course entry requirements).

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

Introduce students to the fundamental concepts and principles of biomechanics. This module will provide students with the theoretical basis required for the application of biomechanics in sport and exercise science.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Solve basic quantitative problems using mathematical reasoning.
2. Solve statics problems using vector methods.
3. Interpret data output from biomechanical equipment.
4. Solve dynamics problems using vector methods.
5. Describe basic concepts of mechanics in relation to force and motion.

Indicative Module Content

Basic mathematics; vectors; descriptive statistics; linear kinematics; linear kinetics; Newton’s laws of motion; angular kinematics and kinetics; levers; torques and muscle force; work; energy and power; effects of load on biological and non-biological structures; use and interpretation of data from selected biomechanical equipment including force platforms, contact mats and isokinetic dynamometer.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study



Private Study



Mode of Delivery

Lectures supported by tutorials and practical sessions in the laboratory

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4,5


Indicative Bibliography

1.McGINNIS, P.M., 2013. Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise. 3rd ed. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
2.HALL, S.J., 2011. Basic Biomechanics. 6th ed. London: McGraw Hill.
3.NELSON, E.W., 2010. Schaum’s Outline of Engineering Mechanics: Statics. London: Schaum’s Outlines.
4.A current and comprehensive list of references will be
supplied on an annual basis to reflect the evolving nature of
relevant topic areas.

Additional Notes

A pass will not normally be awarded for this module unless the student has attended a minimum of 80% of all learning opportunities.

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781