Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 2 hour lecture per week
Practical 10 x 3 hour practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Laboratory report  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Written examination  50%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the adjustment, regulation and integration of physiological systems during exercise by comparing humans to the horse.

2. Evaluate sport and exercise activities to determine physiological demand and training need by comparing humans to the horse.

3. Demonstrate awareness of a range of advanced physiological assessment techniques available for humans compared to the horse.

4. Describe the effect of certain diseases upon exercise and athletic potential by comparing humans to the horse

5. Compile a written laboratory report demonstrating the critical analysis and interpretation of data

Brief description

This module will examine the principles of exercise physiology and modern methods for evaluating performance and welfare during exercise by comparing the horse and human athlete. In addition, critical analysis of these techniques for predicting elite performance and informing training regimens will be investigated. Students will have the opportunity to experience techniques for measuring human athletic capacity through practical sessions that will utilise the state of the art human performance laboratories in the Sport and Exercise Science department. Specific issues affecting horse welfare during training and competition will be examined in terms of thermoregulation and common diseases that adversely affect the horse’s health and performance.


The topics covered by the module will include a study of the integration of specific body systems during exercise and after training to produce optimum athletic performance, advances in technology for the investigation of equine exercise, current understanding of thermoregulatory responses during exercise in the heat, training strategies and diseases that limit performance potential.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number The MAOD experiment requires use of biogas analysers and associated software as well as manipulating data using MS Excel. Therefore, the laboratory report will assess these skills and written feedback will be given
Improving own Learning and Performance Detailed, written, feedback will be given on the laboratory report to enable improvement of student’s own learning, but assessment thereafter will not be formally undertaken.
Information Technology Laboratory reports will be word processed and are expected to be completed in a professional and conventional style. Furthermore, the MAOD experiment requires use of biogas analysers and associated software as well as manipulating data using MS Excel. Therefore, the laboratory report will assess these skills and written feedback will be given
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving As part of the laboratory report students will need to perform an exercise test and calculate maximal accumulated oxygen debt (MAOD). This will require making certain assumptions which must be overcome and discussed in the report, calculating work rates and using the data to determine total MAOD, indicating anaerobic capacity. Problem solving will be assessed as part of the laboratory report and written feedback will be given.
Research skills As part of this module students will be required to undertake reading in addition to their lectures to gain high exam marks and complete the laboratory report. In addition students will perform a scientific investigation (the MAOD test) in order to complete the coursework and so this skill will be tested within the laboratory report and written feedback will be given
Subject Specific Skills This module will furnish students with a knowledge of comparative human and equine exercise physiology that will equip them for assessing and enhancing the performance of athletes and ensuring their health and welfare at all times.
Team work The MAOD test will require students to work together, to assign specific tasks to individuals and share their findings in order to provide accurate data to write the assessed laboratory report. An inability to perform these skills will affect the laboratory report and so indirectly will be assessed and written feedback given


This module is at CQFW Level 5