Module details for 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 Sex responses

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

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 12
Assessment 40
Independent 122
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.


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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.