Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Practical Skills Assessment  50%
Semester Assessment Laboratory Book  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit failed component  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate technical competency in a range of laboratory techniques.

Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of technical aspects within the exercise and health sciences.

Demonstrate employment relevant, transferable and professional skills.


When examining the relationship between physical activity and health researchers need to employ a range of techniques and be aware of data quality issues such as accuracy and precision of measurement. The principle aim of the module is for students to develop their practical skill when using a range of equipment routinely used within the exercise and health sciences.

Brief description

This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop their skills within the laboratory environment. In addition to furthering their understanding of the importance of correct calibration and maintenance of equipment, students will develop their inter-personal skills and study best practice for record keeping. The module will equip students with the practical skills and competencies necessary to conduct research which examines human movement and physical activity while addressing issues such as reliability and validity.


Indicative content includes:

Practical skills in a range of laboratory techniques
Calibration issues for a range of laboratory equipment and techniques

Biomedical signal acquisition and processing

Inter-personal skills when conducting research involving human beings including issues relating to consent

Record keeping

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Calculations associated with practical work.
Communication Non-verbal and verbal communication when dealing with clients/research participants within the practical sessions. Written examination.
Improving own Learning and Performance Tutorials: critically analysing relevant research articles.
Information Technology Use of web-based literature databases. Blackboard.
Personal Development and Career planning Preparation for students aiming to work in health, health promotion or physical activity research and postgraduate/research setting.
Problem solving Using an evidence-based approach to address specific issues when maintaining and using laboratory equipment.
Research skills Literature searching and evaluation.
Subject Specific Skills The module’s principle aim is to develop students’ practical skills in a working environment (e.g. a research laboratory or health/performance laboratory).
Team work Team work skills are required in the practical classes.


This module is at CQFW Level 7