Module Identifier SS22020  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Rhys Thatcher  
Semester Semester 2  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  50%
Semester Assessment1.5 Hours A practical competency test using equipment followed by data interpretation50%

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the adjustment, regulation and integration of physiological systems during exercise
2. Discuss how enviromental conditions affect these responses
3. Examine the physiological bases to physical training techniques
4. Evaluate sport & exercise activitites to determine physiological demand and training need
5. Demonstrate practical competence in a range of advanced physiological assessment techniques

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 anerobic 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 fo enhanced athletic performance.


1. 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
2. The chronic effects of exercise: the physiological basis to training for strength, power and endurance
3. The analysis of sport and exercise "events" to determine physiological demand and training needs
4. The development of advanced techniques of fitness assessment   

Reading Lists

Armstrong, L. (2000) Performing in extreme environments. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL
Bompa, T.O. (1999) Periodisation: theory and methodology of training. 4th ed. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL
Bouchard, C., Shephard, R.J., Stephens, T. (1994) Physical activity, exercise and health: international proceedings and consensus statement. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL
Eston, R., Reilly, T. (2001) Kinanthropometry and exercise physiology laboratory manual. 2nd ed. Spon. London
Foss, W.E., Ketteyian, L. (1998) Fox's physilogical basis of human performance. 3rd ed. McGraw-Hill, London
Guyton, A.C., Hall, J.E. (1996) Textbook of medical physiology. 9th ed. Saunders, Phil
The IOC medical commission series such as Endurance; Strength and power in sport; swimming; etc. Blackwell, Oxford
McArdle, W.D., Katch, F.I., Katch, V.L. (2001) Exercise physiology, energy, nutrition and human performance. 5th ed. Lea & Febiger, Phil
Wilmore, J.H., Costill, D.L. (1999) Physiology of sport and exercise. 2nd ed. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL


This module is at CQFW Level 5