SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB124971
Module Leader Ben Stansfield
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Physiotherapy
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

BSc Hons or equivalent in a health related subject.

Summary of Content

The aim of the module is to enable the student to evaluate and apply current concepts in biomechanics and human movement in the assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions. Opportunity will be given to assess the theories of clinical biomechanics and their application to human movement in a variety of conditions such in sport, the workplace, paediatrics, elderly and also long-term conditions. Working with clinical assessment tools to enhance clinical assessments and to inform clinical practice and rehabilitation.


In order to fulfil the learning outcomes of the module the outline syllabus is as follows: - The principles of mechanics as applied to the human body in motion and set postures -Principles of tissue stress -Functional anatomy - Rationale and protocol development for an analysis of movement - Human movement in relation to specialist populations. This may include; sports person, elderly, paediatrics, long-term conditions - Concepts of energy and power during movement - Practical sessions using a range of measurement equipment, this will include laboratory based equipment such as three dimensional motion analysis, electromyography and force/pressure plates as well as a range of field tests - Analysis of key functional movements, this will include Lower and/or upper limb function - Outcomes from biomechanical assessment and how they relate to MSK function - Concepts of validity and reliability in measurement instrumentation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Critically apply principles of mechanics to a range of functional human movements.2. Critically analyse and evaluate a variety of relevant measurement tools and techniques in relation to Human movement.3. Demonstrate critical thinking in the appropriate selection of measurement tools in a variety of clinical, sports or occupational settings.4. Demonstrate scientific rigour in planning and executing an analysis of movement.5. Synthesise and critically appraise the literature in relation to applied biomechanics.6. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of data collection, analysis and interpretation with relevant recommendations for MSK rehabilitation.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will be delivered in a blended learning approach with 3 x 3 day block attendance supported by on-line distance learning utilising the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The module will engage students in the following types of learning experience -360b7 Keynote lectures b7 On-line tutorials b7 Clinical demonstrations b7 Student presentation for formative feedback/feedforward b7 Laboratory based clinical sessions Self directed learning

Indicative Reading

Main Texts Donatelli R. 1996. The Biomechanics Of The Foot and Ankle.2 nd Ed. F.A Davis. Philadelphia Durward, Baer and Rowe (1999) Functional Human Movement. Measurement and Analysis. Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford, UK. Dvir Z (2000) Clinical Biomechanics. Churchill Livingston, London, UK. Hamill J., Knutzen K 2009. Biomechanics Basis of Human Movement 3 rd Ed. Williams and Wilkins. Philadelphia Kerr, A. 2010. Introductory Biomechanics. Churchill Livingstone. London Kirtley C. 2006. Clinical Gait Analysis Theory and Practice. Churchill Livingstone. London. Levine, D., Richards, J., Whittle, M.. 2012. Whittle's Gait Analysis. 5th ed. Churchill Livingstone. Elsevier Perry, J (1992). Gait Analysis. Normal and Pathological Function. Slack Inc., Thorofare, New Jersey, USA. Richards, J.2008. Biomechanics in Clinic and Research. Churchill Livingstone. Elsevier Robertson D., Caldwell G., Hamill J., Kamen G., Whittlesey S. 2014. Research Methods in Biomechanics.2 nd Ed Human Kinetics. Champaign IL. Current subject related journals including Clinical Biomechanics Disability and Rehabilitation Gait & Posture Human Movement Science Journal of Biomechanics Journal of Orthopaedic Research Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 An ability to demonstrate scientific writing skills at a level appropriate for publication including the effective use of the literature and the presentation and interpretation of data. b7 Critical evaluation of current research in the area of practice and be able to apply this in order to enhance clinical care. b7 Ability to present data and write a lab report b7 Reflection upon research and its application in advanced professional practice. b7 The utilisation of IT in searching for current relevant literature

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 10.00
Lectures (FT) 21.00
Assessment (FT) 50.00
Seminars (FT) 20.00
Practicals (FT) 21.00
Independent Learning (FT) 178.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 50% Portfolio