Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 X 1 hr lecture per week
Practical 3 x 2 hr practicals per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Laboratory Report (2,000 words)  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Exam  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hour Exam   50%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the adjustment, regulation and integration of physiological systems during exercise
2. Discuss how environmental conditions affect these responses
3. Examine the physiological bases to physical training techniques
4. Evaluate sport & exercise activities to determine physiological demand and training need
5. Demonstrate practical competence in a range of advanced physiological assessment techniques

Brief description

This module is concerned with how the physiological systems of the body respond during a bout of exercise and how the performance of the body can be changed by regular physical training. Laboratory work will include the investigation of acute responses to exercise and the development of skills in 'fitness testing' (e.g. protocols for the assessment of anaerobic power and maximal oxygen uptake). By analyzing different types of sport and exercise activities students will be able to apply physiological principles to practical situations ranging from exercising for health to physical training for enhanced athletic performance.


1. The acute effects of exercise: Responses to exercise of differing intensities and durations taken from a consideration of how physiological systems attempt to maintain homeostasis, including consideration of how these responses differ under differing environmental conditions of heat, cold, humidity and altitude
2. The chronic effects of exercise: the physiological basis to training for strength, power and endurance
3. The analysis of sport and exercise "events" to determine physiological demand and training needs
4. The development of advanced techniques of fitness assessment

Reading List

Armstrong, L. (2000) Performing in extreme environments. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL Primo search Bompa, T.O. (1999) Periodisation: theory and methodology of training. 4th ed Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL Primo search Bouchard, C., Shephard, R.J., Stephens, T. (1994) Physical activity, exercise and health: international proceedings and consensus statement. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL Primo search Eston, R., Reilly, T. (2001) Kinanthropometry and exercise physiology laboratory manual. 2nd ed Spon. London Primo search Foss, W.E., Ketteyian, L. (1998) Fox's physilogical basis of human performance. 3rd ed McGraw-Hill, London Primo search Guyton, A.C., Hall, J.E. (1996) Textbook of medical physiology. 9th ed Saunders, Phil Primo search McArdle, W.D., Katch, F.I., Katch, V.L. (2001) Exercise physiology, energy, nutrition and human performance. 5th ed Lea & Febiger, Phil Primo search Wilmore, J.H., Costill, D.L. (1999) Physiology of sport and exercise. 2nd ed Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL Primo search The IOC medical commission series such as Endurance; Strength and power in sport; swimming; etc. Blackwell, Oxford Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5