Core Module Information
Module title: Applied football physiology

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

Module code: SES08116
Module leader: James Dugdale
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

Successful football performance is dependent on a range of physical and physiological determinants (i.e., strength, power, speed, repeated sprint ability, agility, aerobic capacity). This module is designed to improve your understanding of how to carry out a detailed needs analysis. You will then learn how to test and evaluate these determinants, which will improve your ability to apply the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to the design and evaluation of football specific training programme. Specific areas that will be covered in this module include:

• Needs analysis of the sport
• Training theories (i.e., GAS) and principles (i.e., progressive overload, intensity, volume)
• Periodisation
• Testing principles (i.e., reliability, validity, sensitivity) and their application to the football demands (level/position/gender specific)

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Identify key physical and physiological demands contributing to successful football performance

LO2: Demonstrate an understanding of the theory underlying effective training prescription and testing

LO3: Demonstrate practical skills using a range of field- and laboratory-based methods and techniques

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: James Dugdale
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be taught through a series of lectures and practicals to increase specific knowledge on relevant testing procedures and appropriate training prescriptions. Laboratory- and field-based practical work is used in the module to develop confidence and experience in using tests before the students employ these procedures during data collection. The testing results and their evaluation will be formally assessed during oral presentation (LO 2, 3). The lectures are used to provide information and background theory on the needs analysis, the physiology of training and the tests involved in assessing various physical and physiological determinants (LO 1, 2, 3). Lectures are also used to develop analytical skills as data from the practical work are used to demonstrate appropriate scientific handling techniques. Tasks on how to source, review and evaluate appropriate literature for use in both summative assessments are also used within lectures. The oral presentation assesses the student’s ability to apply learned theory to practical situations (LO 1, 2, 3).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will be applied throughout the delivery of the module by way of class discussions, peer-to-peer feedback provision and participation in practical classes. Specifically, in week 4 you will provide and receive a peer-to-peer feedback to help you with the poster presentation assessment (Component 1). The second formative assessment will take place in Week 9 where you will receive feedback on your ability to perform chosen fitness tests in preparation for the data collection for Component 2.

Summative Assessment:
Component 1: Poster Presentation (40%)
In pairs, you are required to produce a PowerPoint poster on the needs analysis for a football player. Based on the information presented in the needs analysis section, you will also be required to propose the scientific methods for physical testing (LO 1, 2). A poster presentation will challenge you to consider your visual presentation skills as well as confidence in discussing knowledge in a viva situation.

Component 2: Oral presentation (60%)
The second assessment for this module is an oral presentation (20 minutes) performed in pairs with additional 5-10 mins of questioning time at the end. This assessment directly links to Component 1. As part of this assessment, you are required to carry out an appropriate battery of fitness tests in order to determine baseline levels of all relevant performance determinants as identified in the needs analysis. The testing results should then be compared to the relevant normative values and presented in your oral presentation in order to help you identify player’s strengths and weaknesses (LO 2, 3).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 142
Independent Learning Groupwork (Scheduled) 10
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Poster 40 1 & 2 8 HOURS= 00.25
Oral Presentation 60 2 & 3 14/15 HOURS= 00.20
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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