Module details for 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.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

For session 2020/21 the expectation is that the teaching and learning hours stated in this descriptor will form a mix of synchronous and asynchronous student/staff activity, with the majority of this being online. The exact pattern of this activity is likely to vary from the standard face-to-face hours listed below but the overall student effort remains the same. Up-to-date information on the delivery of the module can be found on the relevant module MLS site and on your student timetable.

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 13
Tutorial/Seminar 13
Practical Activity 12
Assessment 42
Independent 120
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2020/21 , and may be subject to change for future years.