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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG3087 Module Title: ANALYSIS OF HUMAN MOVEMENT
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3337
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: HUGHES MP Prof (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment



Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)


Unseen examination






Qualifying Condition(s) 



A mark of 40% is required to pass the module.



Module Overview
Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE2
Module Aims

To provide a knowledge base on the theoretical and practical basis of human movement analysis.

Learning Outcomes

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should:

  • Be able to specify the equipment necessary for the comprehensive analysis of human movement.
  • Understand the actions of prescribed muscles
  • Be able to define the limitations inherent in current approaches.
  • Have a good grounding in the modelling techniques used to process acquired date.
  • Be able to comment on future trends in data collection/analysis techniques.
  • Understand the necessity to have a ‘team’ approach for effective gait analysis
Module Content

The clinical ‘team’ approach to gait analysis

The ‘gait cycle’ and introduction to types of gait data

Equipment for collection of static measures, kinetic, kinematic, temporal spatial, emg and energy consumption data

Data processing models for use in determination of joint angles and inverse dynamics calculations

Sources of anthropometric data

Limitations of current techniques and future trends, e.g. markerless gait analysis.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Methods of Teaching/Learning

36 hours of lectures/tutorials/laboratory sessions, and 64 hours independent learning time.

Total student learning time 100 hours.


 Methods of Assessment and Weighting

Components of Assessment




3-hour paper




Selected Texts/Journals

Craik RL & Oatis CA, 1995, Gait Analysis, Theory and Application, Mosby, St. Louis, Missouri, .



Kirtley C, 2005, Clinical Gait Analysis: Theory and Practice, Churchill Livingstone.



Perry J, 1992, Gait Analysis: Normal and Pathological Function, Slack Inc, .



Roberts G, Hamill J, Caldwell G, Kamen G, Whittlesey S, 2004, Research Methods in Biomechanics, Human Kinetics Europe  Ltd.



Sutherland DH and Olshen RA, 1998, The Development of Mature Walking, Mac Keith.



Whittle M, Gait Analysis: An Introduction, 1996, (2nd ed or later), Butterworth-Heinemann.



Winter DA, 1990, (2nd ed or later), Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement, Wiley-Interscience, New York, .




Last Updated

4 August 2008