Physiological Adaptations for Health | Abertay University

Physiological Adaptations for Health


The overall purpose of this module is to develop students understanding of physiological adaptations to exercise in a health setting. This will be achieved by detailing salient acute and chronic adaptations from the whole− body level down to the cellular and molecular level. A further outcome is to develop students understanding of how nutrition can promote exercise adaptations for health. Students will examine acute and chronic outcomes of training and how to assess these outcomes using physiological tests.


The aim of this Module is to develop understanding of the exercise adaptations that promote health.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Explain and critique acute responses to exercise

2.  Explain and critique chronic responses to exercise.

3.  Interpret and analyse adaptations to an exercise adaptation

Indicative Content

1 Systems adaptation

Systems adaptation− students will learn how the different physiological systems adapt to acute and chronic exercise.

2 Cellular and molecular exercise physiology

Cellular and molecular exercise physiology− students will learn how the cellular and molecular adaptations that support system adapt to acute and chronic exercise.

3 Training for heath

Training for health− students will learn how to elucidate such adaptations through exercise training.

4 Nutritional strategies to support health adaptations

Nutritional strategies to support health adaptations− students will learn how to support such training adaptations through appropriate nutritional support.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching and learning strategies focus on developing student’s skills in accordance with Abertay Graduate Attributes. A particular focus, is knowledge development and the refinement of critical thinking on topical issues in Health Physiology. Students will analyse both automated and self− generated data sets and will synthesise whole body and molecular physiological information into a coherent narrative. To achieve this aim self−directed learning activities will be embedded in every teaching medium utilised in this module. Students will be offered feed forward and drop in session support in addition to supervised lab time.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 10
Unsupervised Practical Activity 28
Assessment 38
Independent 100

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2017/18 , and may be subject to change for future years.