Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology


The overall purpose of this module is to develop students’ understanding of the core physiological concepts that underpin exercise performance. This will be achieved by explicitly addressing students’ knowledge of the external environment and gender and their impacts on performance and training the body for endurance, team and strength.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an understanding of the physiological response to the external environment and gender in underpinning sports performance and its adaptation to training.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Critically evaluate the role of different environmental stimuli on the physiological response to exercise

2.  Examine the role of gender on sports performance

3.  Explore performance with hypoxia or hyperbaria

4.  Discuss the role of fatigue and overtraining in sports performance

Indicative Content

1 Fatigue

Students will explore the concept of fatigue and how it regulates performance via central and peripheral regulators

2 Exercise in different temperatures

Systems adaptation− students will learn how the different physiological systems adapt to different temperatures.

3 Exercise with different levels of oxygen availability

Systems adaptation− students will learn how the different physiological systems adapt to hypoxia and hyperbaria

4 Overtraining or under recovery

Students will develop an understanding of the role of recovery in ensuring optimal performance

5 Gender responses

Students will explore the physiological responses and training adaptations in males and females.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching and learning strategies focus on developing students’ skills in accordance with Abertay graduate attributes. This module particularly focuses on the aspect of the Intellectual; understanding how the subject is evolving while critically evaluating information and identifying information gaps. The aspect of Professional is also focused on; problems solving, tackling complex issues, and focused on continued learning and professional development. A significant proportion of contact time will be provided in the form of small group discussions and practical activities where students will relate taught materials to their own experiences in sport and exercise. This focus on self−directed learning and students own experiences will encourage the application of knowledge to real life situations and the ability understand and evaluate the links between the two. Assessment will focus on not just the content knowledge but will emphasize the ability to apply physiology in a real world setting.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 28
Supervised Practical Activity 12
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 106

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 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.