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Undergraduate Course: Sport Science 3A: Biomechanics & Sport Psychology (SPRT10052)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryTeachers of physical activity and the coaches of specific techniques must be able to analyse techniques in terms of mechanical effectiveness and efficiency. Biomechanical analysis of sports techniques builds on previous knowledge and understanding in order to apply analysis to specific movement situations. Indicative content considers video, measurement of force and impulse, computer simulation and quantitative analysis. In Sport Psychology, building on elements covered in the previous year, and utilising a similar approach, this aspect of the course focuses on group aspects of performance. Likely topics include decision-making in team settings together with a consideration of coherence and cohesion. In addition, conflict management, communication, leadership and social influences will be examined. As before, applied techniques and implications will be identified in relation to the theoretical perspectives examined.

Course description This teaching and learning is research-led. Members of academic staff the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Science (ISPEHS) who contribute to this course are all members of one or more of the following research groups hosted by ISPEHS: (1) Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC), (2) Edinburgh Sports Research, (3) Human Performance and Aquatics and (4) Physical Education Research Forum (PERF).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 26, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 5, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 35 %, Coursework 65 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 2 x 1 hour examination (35%)
Section A on Psychology; One essay from three
Section B on Biomechanics; 3 short answer questions (answer all) and one essay from two

1 x 2500 word assignment in EITHER Sport Psychology OR Biomechanics (65%)
Formative Feedback - Formative feedback will be provided to students on the ideas and proposal for the biomechanics data collection project
Summative Feedback- For students who choose the biomechanics project summative feedback will be available through Learn. Cohort feedback will also be made available for the project and for the examination. Students can meet individually with staff to get feedback on their examination.

Formative feedback - Formative feedback takes regularly though the course during a range of in-class activities such as problem based learning, discussions, quizzes, data analysis and group tasks. Tutor feedback will contribute to your understanding of concepts and ideas that are focus of the course, and will make specific recommendations for you to follow up to support your learning and progress. Such feedback is intended to help you understand what your strengths and development points are, and to enable you to take informed responsibility for your learning and progression.
Summative feedback -Summative Feedback- For students who choose the psychology project summative feedback will be provided against the specific assignment criteria, published via through Learn. Additionally students may obtain annotated scripts of their work providing more precise and detailed feedback. Individual marks and non-specific general cohort feedback will be made on the examination. Students can meet individually with staff to get feedback on their examination.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (April/May Sem 1 resits only)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding to using the different methods available for the qualitative and quantitative biomechanical analysis of sporting activity;
  2. Realise the potential use of new technologies (including motion capture, video, force platform and computers) in sports biomechanics analysis;
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theories and concepts used to analyses the structure and composition of groups and teams in sport.
  4. Identify and analyse group processes, in relation to contemporary evidence, and propose solutions to maximise specific components of performance.
  5. Complete an individually written evaluative report in a professional style suitable for scientific based communication, showing good awareness of associated limitations of scientific evidence.
Reading List
Bartlett, R.M. (2014) Introduction to Sports Biomechanics. Routledge, Oxford.

Payton, C.J. and Bartlett, R.M. (2008) Biomechanical Evaluation of movement in Sport and Exercise. Routledge, London

Carron, A.V., Hausenblas, H.A. & Eys, M. (2012) Group Dynamics in Sport (4thEd). Morgantown, W.V.: Fitness Information Technology
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Graduate Attributes and Skills This course addresses 16 of the 21 graduate attributes developed on the BSc Applied Sport Science degree

(1) Understand the philosophy of scientific methods of enquiry in order to critically evaluate evidence and analyse research literature.
(2) Search for, access, critically analyse, evaluate and synthesize information from literature in order to answer research questions in sport and exercise sciences.
(3) Plan and execute research projects, involving data collection and analysis, which answer research questions in sport and exercise sciences.
(4) Interpret data collected or reported in sport, physical activity and exercise studies
(5) Synthesize knowledge from various disciplines so as to understand the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of sport and exercise sciences.
(6) Develop logical arguments surrounding issues within sport science, physical activity and exercise

(7) Be independent learners who can take responsibility for their own learning
(8) Be able to respond to unfamiliar problems by extrapolating their existing knowledge and understanding

(9) Be able to communicate clearly using oral and written methods, including posters, presentations, essays, web pages, in order to critique, negotiate, create or communicate understanding
(10) Be able to use communication as a means for collaborating with and relating to others including staff, other students and research participants.
(11) Be able to engage in critical discussion demonstrating listening skills, effective use of evidence and their own experiences to articulate points and defend their own assertions
(12) Be able to initiate communication with non-university agencies connected to sport and exercise

(13) Be able to plan and execute substantive research projects in sport and exercise sciences (including but not limited to the dissertation and mini-project)
(14) Have developed their organisational, time management and decision-making skills
(15) Be able to work effectively in a team; overcoming and discussing problems and recognising the diversity of contributions different individuals can make to collaborative work
(16) Be able to transfer knowledge and ideas between different contexts within sport, exercise and health
(17) Be able to engage effectively with outside agencies to foster or develop research, consultancy or support initiatives

(18) Be able to use the test, measurement and analysis tools appropriate to sport, physical activity and exercise, including for example laboratory or field tests.
(19) Be able to design, deliver and analyse the effects of training interventions in sport, physical activity and exercise
(20) Be able to select and apply the appropriate statistical procedures to analyse empirical data
(21) Be able to present data and report research findings according to standard scientific conventions
Keywordssport science biomechanics psychology
Course organiserMr Hugh Richards
Tel: (0131 6)51 6092
Course secretaryMr Pawel Horyszny
Tel: (0131 6)51 6571
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