Module Identifier SS12010  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Mark Burnley  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   12 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 Hours Consolidation workshops  
  Practical   12 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1 Hours Short answer examination  50%
Semester Assessment Practical competence test of ability to use cardio-respiratory equipment in assessing a human followed by a written test requiring interpretation of results (1 hour total)50%
Supplementary Assessment Re-assessment of failed component Re-assessment of competency test can be during Semester 2 at the departments convenience. 

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify key physiological terms, abbreviations and units
2. Describe the key structural and functional characteristics of the cardiovascular and ventilatory systems in the context of the exercising human
3. Demonstrate knowledge of anaerobic and aerobic metabolism
4. Demonstrate competence int he following laboratory techniques: collection and downloading of heart rate using the Polar systems; the three-lead ECG, sphygmomanometry, microloop spirometer ('spirometry'), the Douglas bag
5. Demonstrate good laboratory practice with regard to health and safety issues.

Brief description

This module introduces the cardio-respiratory physiology of sport and exercise. Students will receive grounding in the structure and function of the cario-ventilatory systems along with understanding of aerobic and anaerobic metabolism. A wide range of sport and exercise situations will be considered to demonstrate the applied interpretation of the theory. A series of laboratory practicals will introduce some of the primary techniques used by the sport and exercise physiologist.


1. Enable students to become familiar with basic physiological terminology
2. Introduce students to aspects of cardio-respiratory physiology relevant to sport and exercise
3. Introduce students to key physiological laboratory techniques for analyzing human performance and to develop practical competence in these techniques.

Reading Lists

McArdle, WD, Katch, FI & Katch, VL (2001) Exercise physiology, energy, nutrition and human performance 5th ed. Lea & Febiger, Phil
Foss, WE & Ketteyian, L (1998) Fox's physiological basis of human performance 3rd ed. McGraw-Hill, London
Guyton, AC & Hall, JE (1996) Textbook of medical physiology 9th ed. Saunders, Phil
Tortora, G & Grabowski, S (2000) Principles of anatomy and physiology 9th ed. Chichester
Wilmore, JH & Costill, DL (1999) Physiology of sport and exercise 2nd ed. Human Kinetics, Champaign Il


This module is at CQFW Level 4