Module title: Intermediate Exercise Physiology

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES09102
Module leader: Jacqui Mair
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science

SES08106 Introduction to Exercise Physiology

2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jacqui Mair
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module is taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory-based practical classes covering the major physiological systems and the mechanisms underlying acute and chronic responses to exercise training.
Lectures are used as the main method of teaching and introduce each topic providing details of the main theories and concepts. (LO 1,2,3,4). The practical classes enable students to design and implement graded exercise tests, collect and analyse expired gas samples, perform blood lactate sampling and analysis and experience exercise testing in extreme environments (LO 1,2,4,5). Students are guided by detailed lab practical handouts in terms of the practical work they have to complete and data they have to collect and handle. Tutorial sessions involve small group learning activities that are aligned with the lecture and practical content covered. These are designed to assist students in (1) analysing, understanding and interpreting the data collected during lab practical sessions, (2) applying theory learned into practice, (3) discussing factors effecting exercise performance and implications for training (4) facilitating peer-to-peer learning and group-based activities and (5) developing scientific study skills (LO 2,3,4,5).
Moodle is also used throughout this module. Students access Moodle for data collected in practical classes, to submit written assessments, and to complete any tutorial submissions which are linked to the practical sessions carried out in the Human Performance Laboratory.

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. Verbal feedback may also be used as feedforward for the practical skills summative assessment.
Additionally, students will have the opportunity to take part in a small group ‘mock summative assessment’ during a scheduled tutorial session in the Human Performance Laboratory. This will be facilitated by lecturers/tutors and students will receive both verbal and written feedback, aligned to a specific marking rubric.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment includes a 2-hour small group-based Practical Skills Assessment carried out in the Human Performance Laboratory. Students will be provided with a brief overview of a client (an athlete from a particular sporting background) who would like to improve their sporting performance. Students will be required to run an exercise test specifically designed with the client in mind and collect data relating to physiological performance. They will be required to evidence knowledge and understanding of the acute physiological responses expected, follow correct health and safety procedures, demonstrate correct testing procedures and protocols, collect data accurately and show professionalism during the practical skills assessment.

Students will then complete an individual Report to include a critical review of relevant literature and a detailed case study (aimed at the client and their coach) on how they propose to improve their client’s performance. Students should present the results of the exercise test clearly, discuss the physiological implications of the results and outline a 12-week training programme designed to improve the client’s performance. They will be required to show correct interpretation of the data with reference to supporting literature and provide clear evidence-based recommendations on how to improve exercise performance.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 7
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 10
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
Practical Skills Assessment 40 1, 2 & 5 10 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Report 60 1,2,3 & 4 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will explore and analyse the aerobic and anaerobic capacities of the human in terms of measured physiological responses to exercise stressors, including responses to exercise in environmental extremes. You will use a range of scientific techniques to evaluate responses to acute exercise stressors and you will learn how the human adapts when exposed to chronic exercise stressors, and how ergogenic aids can facilitate this adaptation.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Contrast and evaluate the acute and chronic effects of differing exercise modalities on skeletal muscle metabolism, the respiratory system and the pulmonary system.
LO2: Demonstrate knowledge of the mechanisms involved in the blood lactate response to exercise.
LO3: Discuss the primary physiological mechanisms by which ergogenic aids exert their effects on exercise performance.
LO4: Describe the physiological responses to exercise in extreme environments.
LO5: Demonstrate knowledge of exercise-related physiological measurements.

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SES09102 Intermediate Exercise Physiology