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PHYS6015 - Physics of Sport

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Title:Physics of Sport
Long Title:Physics of Sport
Module Code:PHYS6015
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Physics
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2009/10 ( September 2009 )
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author:  
Module Description: Emphasis will be placed on the study of a variety of sporting performances from which which appropriate mechanical concepts will be developed. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, and the ideas of momentum, energy and power and the efficient use of the human body. Laboratory work will include practical experience in the recording of physical activity and the collection and analysis of relevant data from these recordings.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 apply basic theory of linear and non linear mechanics to selected sporting skills
LO2 define key physics principles relating to a specific activity
LO3 understand the protocols used in a laboratory for investigating sports techniques
LO4 interpret the findings of a laboratory based investigation
LO5 observe, collect and record information on a physical performance using appropriate tools
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
NA
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
NA
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

NA
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Science of Motion
Vectors. Equations of Motion. Newton's Laws. Action and Reaction.
Energy and Momentum
Energy and Work. Momentum. Conservation Laws. Projectile Motion. Optimal Launch Angles. Collisions.
Bodies in Motion
Levers. Muscle Strength. Power output. Muscle Efficiency. Strength of Materials. Fatigue.
Rotational Motion
Moment of Inertia. Torque.
Fluid Dynamics
Lift and the Bernouilli Principle. The Magnus Effect: Why a curve ball curves. Lift in Sailing, Rowing, Swimming.
Training
Endurance Training. Strength training. Plyometrics. Training for Speed.
Data Acquisation & Manipulation
Data logging. Data representation. Record Comparison. Graphical Display of results.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions n/a 1,2 20.0 Week 5
Project ongoing project 1,2,4,5 40.0 Sem End
Presentation on Project - description, findings and conclusion 1,4,5 20.0 Sem End
Practical/Skills Evaluation laboratory work assessed 1,3,4,5 20.0 Every Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
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.

The institute 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 No Description 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab No Description 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab No Description 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Angelo Armenti 2005, The Physics of Sports, First Ed., Springer [ISBN: 0883189461]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Craig Williams 2001, Science for Exercise and Sport, First Ed., RoutledgeFalmer [ISBN: 041925160X]
  • Jim Breithaupt 2003, Physics, Second Ed., Palgrave Macmillan [ISBN: 1403900558]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

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