General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Esther Wall Gimeno

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Miguel Ángel Martínez Nogales
Jordi Berrocal Arcusa 

Teaching languages

  • Spanish
  • Catalan

Some of the support videos will be in English, with the intention of familiarizing the student with the international technical nomenclature.


Basic skills
  • B1_That students have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in a field of study that is based on general secondary education, and is at a level that, if supported by advanced textbooks, also includes some aspect that involves knowledge from the forefront of their field of study


Specific skills
  • E1_Know and understand the morphology, physiology, pathology and behavior of people, both healthy and sick, in the natural and social environment


  • E20_Identify the structural, physiological and biomechanical factors that condition the practice of physical activity and sport

  • E21_Identify the effects of physical exercise on the structure and function of the human body



Knowledge of the "normal" biomechanics of the human thing is essential to understand the pathomechanical aspects that occur in most pathologies. However, understanding the integral functioning of the neuromuscular skeletal system means that we can establish the appropriate therapeutic interventions in each specific case.

The TecnoCampus will make available to teachers and students the digital tools necessary to carry out the subject, as well as guides and recommendations that facilitate adaptation to the non-face-to-face mode, if necessary.


This subject aims to introduce the gender perspective in its content and development.

Learning outcomes

LO1. Identifies the main historical facts of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and biomechanics, as well as knowing how to recognize the study methods and recording techniques most used in these disciplines, and interpret their data and graphs.
LO2. Identifies the morphological aspects related to the musculoskeletal system as well as those on which human movement is based. Use and explain anatomical terminology accurately.
LO3. Analyze movements and interpret the involvement of the joints and muscles involved, as well as the other factors that determine them.
LO4. It applies, through knowledge to the kinematics and kinetics of human movement. As well as accurately handles and explains biomechanical terminology.
LO5. It applies, based on the knowledge of the biomechanical principles of motor skills, as well as their interrelation with the environment.
LO6. It applies, based on the knowledge of the anatomy, and physiology involved in the bodily systems determining for human movement.

Working methodology

Methodologies Hours
AF1. Theoretical classes 32,42
AF2. Seminars/workshops 17,5
AF5. Tutorials 2,5
AF6. Studies and group work 23,33
AF7. Studies and independent work, individual 74,25
Total 150


    • 1. Introduction.
    • 2. Musculoskeletal forces.
      • 1. Forces.
      • 2. Levers.
      • 3. Polishes.
    • 3. Movement, stability and functionality.
      • 1. Type of muscle activation.
      • 2. Joint stability.
      • 3. Functionality.
    • 4. Modes of tissue deformation.
      • 1. Traction.
      • 2. Compression.
      • 3. Shear,
      • 4. Flexion.
      • 5. Torsion.
      • 6. Elasticity and viscoelasticity.
    • 5. Statics and dynamics applied to the musculoskeletal system.
      • 1. Osteokinematics.
      • 2. Arthrokinematics.
      • 3. Newton's laws.
      • 4. Free body diagram.
      • 5. Introduction to the quantitative analysis of movement.
    • 1. Bone.
    • 2. Cartilage and fibrocartilage.
    • 3. Muscle.
    • 4. Tendon and ligament.
    • 5. Nerve.
    • 1. Shoulder.
    • 2. Elbow.
    • 3. Wrist.
    • 4. Hand.
    • 5. Hip
    • 6. Knee.
    • 7. Foot/ankle.
    • 8. ATMs
    • 9. Spinal column.

Learning activities

MD1. Expository method or master class: to transmit knowledge and to activate the cognitive processes of the student by means of a unidirectional learning.
MD2. Case study: acquiring learning through the analysis of real or simulated cases.
MD3. Solving exercises and problems: exercising, rehearsing and putting into practice previous knowledge.
MD4. Problem-based learning (PBL): developing active knowledge through problem solving.
MD5. Project-oriented learning: carrying out a project to solve a problem, applying skills and knowledge acquired.
MD6. Cooperative learning: fostering active and meaningful knowledge in a cooperative way.

Evaluation system

  • Theoretical exam. The grade out of 10 will count as 60% of the total grade for the subject. It will be averaged from 5 and the grade lower than 5 suspends the subject.
  • Electronic portfolio. The mark out of 10 will be counted as 40% of the total mark of the subject.
    • There will be 4 partial questionnaires with the support of the notes and with freedom of movement through the questionnaire. It will count as 40% of the e-portfolio grade. Any grade will be averaged. Failure to do so will count as a 0. These items will not be recoverable.
    • There will be 1 final quiz with the addition of notes and no freedom of movement through the quiz. It will count as 50% of the e-portfolio grade. Any grade will be averaged. Failure to do so will count as a 0. This item will not be recoverable.
    • Class participation, attitude and behavior in practical classes will be counted as 10% of the grade in the e-portfolio.

From the first day of the subject the dates of the evaluation activities will appear in the schedule.

In case of failing the theoretical exam, the student will have the option to make the recovery in the second call. You will not be eligible for the second call without having applied for the first call.

Evaluation system. Weighting
SE1.Electronic portfolio 40%
SE3. Exam 60%
TOTAL 100%






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