Introduction to Anatomy and Biomechanics for Sport and Exercise


This module introduces the student to the study of skeletal and muscular anatomy and fundamentals of biomechanics applied within a physical activity and health perspective.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an understanding of the core concepts of biomechanics and anatomy in relation to health.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Describe the skeletal and muscular anatomy of the body and appreciate the difference between roles of muscles.

2.  Describe and illustrate the movements possible at selected joints of the skeletal system.

3.  Demonstrate basic understanding of human movement biomechanics.

4.  Demonstrate basic understanding of linear biomechanical principles and Newtonian mechanics.

5.  Review and interpret biomechanical data.

Indicative Content

1 Anatomy

Students will explore the structure and function of healthy bones, joints, tendons and ligaments. Identify major muscle groups and the relationship between muscles (i.e. agonist, antagonist, synergist and fixator).

2 Kinesiology

Students will learn about the normal patterns of movements available at peripheral joints within healthy individuals. Content will include axes of rotation and lever systems within the human body.

3 Kinematics

Students will learn about basic linear biomechanical principles regarding the description of motion including, vectors, displacement, velocity and acceleration and the ability to accurately calculate these.

4 Kinetics

Students will be introduced to Newton’s laws of motion, forces, movement of mass, momentum and impulse and the moment of inertia.

5 Analysis of human movement

Students will learn about biomechanical measures of human movement, including stability and balance within a healthy population. Additionally methods of accurate recording using 2D motion analysis.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Along with the development of core knowledge teaching and learning strategies will focus on additionally developing students’ skills in line with Abertay graduate attributes. The core material for this module will be delivered through lectures, with supporting tutorials and practical’s. Tutorials will allow the students to discuss and explore additional content from the lectures, allowing for a greater understanding of the topic. Practical sessions will focus on the application of theory within a practical environment, focusing on methods of accurate measurement, complimenting both lectures and tutorials. Students will be encouraged to engage in independent study, through reading key texts and journal articles, to underpin the theory taught in contact sessions. All sessions will consider development of the Intellectual, Professional and Personal attribute brackets, developing knowledge, problem solving, motivation, ambition, determination and the ability to work independently and collectively. Assessment will primarily focus on assessing the acquisition and retention of knowledge through examinations.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 13
Tutorial/Seminar 13
Supervised Practical Activity 12
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 42
Independent 120

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.