Module Information

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

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Laboratory Report  (1500 words)  50%
Semester Assessment Essay  (2 x 750 words) 1500 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  (2 x 750 words) 1500 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Laboratory Report  (1500 words)  50%

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.




Energy Expenditure: Limitations to performance/Fatigue and its causes
Acute cardio-respiratory adaptations to exercise
Chronic cardio-respiratory adaptations to training
Metabolic and skeletal muscle adaptations to exercise and training
Hormonal Control During Exercise
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
Adaptability and resilience Students will be provided with academic and skill challenges during laboratory sessions and completion of assessment
Co-ordinating with others Lab sessions: Working in groups to obtain and interpret data
Creative Problem Solving -Completion of lab report and exam -Laboratory sessions
Critical and analytical thinking -Completion of lab report and exam -Laboratory sessions
Digital capability Assessment (Exam, online platform and Essay using MS word) Using SPSS/Excel to analyze data for lab report
Professional communication Working in the lab will require to communicate in a professional manner with peers
Real world sense -Learn Literature related to different topics for the exam -Interpreting data from practical’s to write lab report -Practical’s: Working with participants as clients
Reflection Self, peer and lecturer feedback during contact hours 
Subject Specific Skills Learn to use different techniques in the lab: 1) Douglas bag, gas analyzer (Indirect Calorimetry) for aerobic and anaerobic processes 2) Blood Pressure measurements 3) Lung Function (Spirometry) 4) Body composition analysis (e.g. Impedance, skin fold, Tanita, etc)


This module is at CQFW Level 5