Module details for Introduction to Physiology for Sport Exercise


Introduction to physiology


The aim of this module is to provide the student with basic physiological knowledge and its application to exercise physiology.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Understand the organisation of the human body and be able to describe the function and structure of the physiological systems, tissues types and cells.

2.  Develop an understanding of how skeletal muscle contracts including the role of the nervous system.

3.  Demonstrate a knowledge of the main fuels used in the body and the role of hormones in energy production and storage.

4.  Understand the structure and function of the cardiovascular system and be able to describe the electrical activity of the heart.

5.  Develop basic skills in physiological testing.

Indicative Content

1 Introduction to systems and cells

Organisation of the human body, structure and function of cells.

2 Nervous system and muscle contraction

Basic structure of the nervous system. This will include an introduction to motor and sensory nerves, skeletal muscle structure, muscle fibre types, motor units and muscle excitation and contraction.

3 Bioenergetics and metabolism

Use of carbohydrates and fats as fuels to provide energy at rest and during exercise. Influence of selected hormones on metabolism and fuel use.

4 Cardiovascular system

Anatomy and basic physiology of cardiovascular system including: structure function of the heart and blood vessels. An introduction to the electrical activity of the heart.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 13
Tutorial/Seminar 13
Practical Activity 13
Assessment 40
Independent 111
Total 190

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


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