Module title: Introduction to Exercise Physiology

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES08106
Module leader: Jacqui Mair
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science


2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jacqui Mair
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module is taught through a range of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory-based practical classes covering the major body systems' responses and adaptations to exercise and training (LOs 1, 3, 4). Physiological data collection and analysis is undertaken in groups during laboratory-based practical classes and tutorials and a group-based laboratory report, on a number of tests undertaken to determine VO2max, is produced (LOs 2, 3, 4, & 5).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment includes ongoing assessment of practice in the Human Performance Laboratory during practical classes. There are several practicals conducted within this module during which students collection a variety of data from human volunteers (peers from within the class). As such, students gain hand-on experience of a variety of data collection techniques and receive both tutor and peer feedback in the process.
The students are asked to prepare a lab report ‘methods and results’ section in groups following the first practical session and submit the report via Turnitin for formative feedback. QuickMark comments and summary feedback are provided as feedforward for the summative lab report assessment Students are encouraged to update their Skills Passport log with skills they learn and practice in the laboratory sessions.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment includes 1 x lab report (Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and References) based on their lab practicals, and 1 x online class test comprising multiple choice questions to assess their knowledge and understanding of the key topics covered in the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 15
Independent Learning Guided independent study 163
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 60 2,4 & 5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Class Test 40 1,3 & 4 14 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will provide an overview of the structure and function of human body systems and their response to exercise. The module will cover the cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and nervous systems as well as skeletal muscle and bioenergetics. The acute and chronic effects of exercise on each of these systems will be discussed with specific focus on: cardiovascular performance, exercise training and physiological and structural adaptations; control and regulation of respiration at rest and during exercise, and adaptations to training; and skeletal muscle innervation, excitation-contraction coupling, and adaptations to training. Anatomical and physiological differences between the genders and in their response to exercise will be discussed. Also, the physiology of team sports, the principles of training and ways to assess human performance will be covered.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Describe the principle changes that take place in the cardiovascular and respiratory systems during exercise and following a period of endurance training.
LO2: Distinguish between different test protocols used to assess aerobic fitness and advantages/disadvantages of predicting VO2max from these protocols and different modes of exercise.
LO3: Differentiate between the acute and chronic effects of different exercise modalities on skeletal muscle.
LO4: Identify the differences in physiological responses to exercise and training between genders.
LO5: Report findings from data collected under laboratory conditions

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES08106 Introduction to Exercise Physiology