Module details for Key Concepts in Sport and Exercise Physiology


This module is to provide the student with an understanding of the core concepts of sport and exercise physiology and the application to sport and exercise.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of the core concepts of sport and exercise physiology and the application to sport and exercise.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Explain the role of the endocrine system in exercise and performance.

2.  Demonstrate an understanding of core bioenergetic processes related to sport and exercise.

3.  Develop an understanding of fatigue in relation to exercise performance.

4.  Understand and explain the cardiovascular response during exercise.

5.  Develop an understanding of exercise testing with various populations

6.  Develop key skills in research through data collection, analysis and interpretation.

Indicative Content

1 Fundamentals of bioenergetics

Students will further explore the core concepts of energy production during exercise, examining the interaction of the different energy systems during exercise, how these change with intensity of activity and the role of the endocrine system. Students will also begin to explore protein metabolism

2 Neuromuscular adaptations to exercise

Students will learn about how the body adapts to different types of exercise (endurance, resistance and high intensity).

3 Fatigue

Students will learn about possible causes of peripheral fatigue during exercise.

4 Cardiovascular adaptations to endurance training

Students will learn about how the cardiovascular systems adapts to endurance training and how this can influence performance.

5 Physiological Testing

Students will explore a number of physiological tests that are used routinely for health and fitness assessment. They will develop an understanding of the tests and their limitations and will be introduced to ethical and practical considerations when working with individuals with protected characteristics. Students will also learn how to analyse and interpret the results of physiological tests.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 13
Tutorial/Seminar 18
Practical Activity 18
Assessment 30
Independent 121
Total 200

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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