Short Title:  Biomechanics 1 

Full Title:  Biomechanics 1 

Language of Instruction:  English 

Field of Study:  Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction 

Module Delivered in 
no programmes

Reviewed By:  FIONA CRANLEY 

Module Author:  FIONA MC EVOY 

Module Description:  The aim of this subject is to develop an understanding of mechanical and biomechanical problems and apply mathematical formulae and techniques to their analysis. This subject forms the basis for further study in second and third year. 

Learning Outcomes 
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to: 
LO1 
Describe and understand Kinetic and Kinematics 
LO2 
Calculate the resultant of a set of forces and resolve forces into their components. 
LO3 
Draw Free body diagrams such as the joints in the body. 
LO4 
Use the triangle of forces to solve problems of equilibrium under three forces. 
LO5 
Describe and apply Newton’s Laws of Motion. 
LO6 
Calculation of the centre of gravity of laminae and the human body. 
LO7 
Use the principle of moments to calculate the reactions for beams, simply supported and fixed. 
LO8 
Solve Linear Motion problems. 
LO9 
Solve problems relating to friction on flat and inclined planes. 
LO10 
An understanding of appropriate safety procedures and standards whilst using laboratory equipment. 
LO11 
Apply theory of mechanics to solve biomedical problems 
Prerequisite learning 

Corequisite Modules
 No Corequisite modules listed 
Module Content & Assessment
Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) 
% 
Introduction to Statics Forces. Systems of units: units, mass, force, weight. Forces and reactions. Representation of a force by a vector. Forces in the body such as the joints. Kinematic and kinetics in 2D.

10.00% 
Vector Algebra Graphical addition, parallelogram of forces. Equilibrant and resultant
Triangle of forces. Resolving forces into orthogonal axis. Mathematical addition of forces.
Ground reaction force.

10.00% 
Free body diagrams Free body diagrams, force analysis with a single muscle (e.g. glenohumeral joint). Practical problems of joints such as the hip, elbow and knee.

15.00% 
Newton’s laws of Motion Three laws of motion & biomechanical applications.

15.00% 
Moment Moment, Effects of a force; turning effect; moments, resultant moment, balancing moments; Calculation of forces in joints and brackets. Principle of moments to calculate the reactions of beams. Calculation of the Centre of gravity of various laminae. Measurement of the Centre of gravity of the human body  using the method of sections.

20.00% 
Linear Motion Motion in a straight line; distance and speed, concept of scalars and vectors; velocity and acceleration; equations of motion (derivation); acceleration of a falling body. Projectiles.

15.00% 
Friction Friction force, limiting friction force; law of friction, coefficient of friction (static & dynamic); friction on a horizontal plane; friction on a inclined plane. Friction within a healthy joint versus and deseased joint.

15.00% 
Assessment Breakdown  % 
Course Work  30.00% 
End of Module Formal Examination  70.00% 
Course Work 
Assessment Type 
Assessment Description 
Outcome addressed 
% of total 
Assessment Date 
Laboratory 
Lab 1: Force board  for biomechanics 
2,3,4,10,11 
5.00 
n/a 
Laboratory 
Lab 2: Moments Experiment (group in lab assessment) 
7 
5.00 
Week 5 
Laboratory 
Lab 3: Centre of gravity Experiment of the Human body (assessed by individual report) 
6,10,11 
10.00 
Week 7 
Laboratory 
Lab 4: Newton’s 2nd laws Experiment (group in lab assessment) 
5 
5.00 
Week 11 
Laboratory 
Lab 5: Linear Motion Gait Lab 
3,8,10,11 
5.00 
n/a 
End of Module Formal Examination 
Assessment Type 
Assessment Description 
Outcome addressed 
% of total 
Assessment Date 
Formal Exam 
EndofSemester Final Examination 
2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 
70.00 
EndofSemester 
Reassessment Requirement 

Repeat examination Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element. 
IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment Module Workload
Workload: Full Time 
Workload Type 
Workload Description 
Hours 
Frequency 
Average Weekly Learner Workload 
Lecture 
Formal lectures based on course content. 
2.00 
Every Week 
2.00 
Lab 
Laboratory Practical sessions 
1.00 
Every Week 
1.00 
Tutorial 
Tutorial 
1.00 
Every Week 
1.00 
Total Weekly Learner Workload 
4.00 
Total Weekly Contact Hours 
4.00 
This module has no Part Time workload. 

Module ResourcesRequired Book Resources 

 Jack A. Tuszynski, John M. Dixon 2002, Biomedical applications of introductory physics, Wiley New York [ISBN: 9780471412953]
 Anthony J. Blazevich 2008, Sports Biomechanics: The basics, A&C Black [ISBN: 9781408127490]
 This module does not have any article/paper resources 

This module does not have any other resources 

