Short Title:Biomechanics 1
Full Title:Biomechanics 1
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:BIOM H1001
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction
Module Delivered in no programmes
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
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite 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.
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.
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.
Newton’s laws of Motion
Three laws of motion & biomechanical applications.
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.
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.
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.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
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 End-of-Semester Final Examination 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 70.00 End-of-Semester
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.

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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 Resources

Required 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]
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