Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Sport & Exercise Physiology
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  (750 words)  20%
Semester Assessment Laboratory Report  (1500 words)  40%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  40%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Identify the structures, and functions, of the main physiological systems of the human body.

2. Study the relationship between sport and exercise activities and interventions in a range of groups in various settings.

3. Monitor and evaluate participants in health and performance contexts.

4. Identify health and safety, risk assessment and ethical considerations.

5. Appropriately evaluate sources of information.

6. Construct critical reviews on a range of topics based on a range of information sources.

7. Gather and use information from a range of sources.

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.


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
The chronic effects of exercise: the physiological basis to training for strength, power and endurance

Limitations to performance
Acute cardio-respiratory adaptations to exercise
Acute cardio-respiratory adaptations to exercise
Chronic cardio-respiratory adaptations to training
Metabolic and skeletal muscle adaptations to exercise and training
The effect of exercise and training on energy stores
The effect of exercise and training in hot and cold environments
The effect of exercise and training at altitude
Principles of Sport and Exercise Training
Assessment of the Components of Fitness
Review of module

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Data analysis for laboratory report.
Communication Group lab work.
Improving own Learning and Performance Directed reading and exam preparation.
Information Technology Blackboard, Excel, SPSS, Word.
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving Lab practical sessions.
Research skills Literature review and data analysis for laboratory report, exam preparation.
Subject Specific Skills Laboratory skills.
Team work Lab practical.


This module is at CQFW Level 5