Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 1hr lecture per week
Practical 1 x 1hr practical per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Semester Examination  Part A: practical competence and interpretation of data using standard physiological techniques. Part B: questions on knowledge of structure and function of the cardiorespiratory systems.  100%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Short answer examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to..

1. Identify key physiological terms, abbreviations and units
2. Describe the key structural and functional characteristics of the cardiovascular and ventilatory systems in the context of the exercising human
3. Demonstrate knowledge of anaerobic and aerobic metabolism
4. Demonstrate knowledge of the following laboratory techniques: collection and downloading of heart rate using the Polar systems; the three-lead ECG, sphygmomanometry, microloop spirometer ('spirometry'), the Douglas bag
5. Demonstrate knowledge of good laboratory practice with regard to health and safety issues.

Brief description

This module introduces the cardio-respiratory physiology of sport and exercise. Students will receive grounding in the structure and function of the cardio-ventilatory systems along with understanding of aerobic and anaerobic metabolism. A wide range of sport and exercise situations will be considered to demonstrate the applied interpretation of the theory. A series of laboratory practicals will introduce some of the primary techniques used by the sport and exercise physiologist.


1. Enable students to become familiar with basic physiological terminology
2. Introduce students to aspects of cardio-respiratory physiology relevant to sport and exercise
3. Introduce students to key physiological laboratory techniques for analyzing human performance and to develop practical competence in these techniques.

Reading List

Foss, WE & Ketteyian, L (1998) Fox's physiological basis of human performance 3rd ed McGraw-Hill, London Primo search Guyton, AC & Hall, JE (1996) Textbook of medical physiology 9th ed Saunders, Phil Primo search McArdle, WD, Katch, FI & Katch, VL (2001) Exercise physiology, energy, nutrition and human performance 5th ed Lea & Febiger, Phil Primo search Tortora, G & Grabowski, S (2000) Principles of anatomy and physiology 9th ed Chichester Primo search Wilmore, JH & Costill, DL (1999) Physiology of sport and exercise 2nd ed Human Kinetics, Champaign Il Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4