Module title: Advanced Exercise Physiology

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

Module code: SES10120
Module leader: Mark Ross
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science

Background of human biology and physiology
Data analysis and interpretation within prior modules

2018/9, 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: Mark Ross
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module is taught through a range of lectures, tutorials and practicals covering the major areas of advanced cardiovascular, skeletal muscle, and cellular physiology, and the effects of exercise on cells and their subsequent adaptations to exercise training/physical inactivity (LOs 1, 2, 3 & 4). Students will be required to undertake an exam with essay-based questions. Students will have a choice of 4 questions, and answer 2 (LOs 1, 2, 3 & 4). Tutorials will be held to critically appraise literature, and to understand specific cell signalling pathways important to exercise physiology (nitric oxide pathway,
protein synthesis/breakdown pathways) (LOs 1, 2, 3 & 4).

Students will be given example situations (exercise trials/populations), and to describe specific physiological changes to such situations, from organ, down to cellular level (LOs 2, 3, 4).

Practicals will support learning in these 4 main topics that are assessed, and practicals will involve answering particular research questions, and the students themselves designing the experiments to answer the research question(s) (LOs 5 & 6).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment occurs in the lectures and mostly the small group tutorials, where students and module leader will critically analyse a series of academic research journal articles. Active debates are conducted, with feedback given throughout. This formative assessment is to guide and help students with their understanding of key exercise physiological concepts for the final written class exam.

Students are encouraged to update their Skills Passport log with skills they learn and practice in the laboratory sessions

Summative Assessment:
Component 1: Centrally timetabled exam which compromises of 2 essay questions (from 4 options - students to choose 2).

Component 2: Group Presentation on one of the 4 assessed topics in the module (oxidative stress, protein metabolism, cardiovascular physiology, immune system). The students (in groups of 4) are given 3 peer-reviewed publications (original research articles) and will present an infographic summarising the key data, findings and implications, and answer questions from the module team.
10 minute presentation, 5 minutes (Q&A).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 152
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 15
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 30 5, 6 10 HOURS= 0.25, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 70 1,2,3 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Introduction of advanced physiological concepts with regards to the cardiovascular system (blood pressure regulation through baroreceptor reflex), autonomic regulation with health and exercise, and introducing cellular exercise physiology.

Intracellular signalling induced by exercise, diet and disease, and how this physically symptomizes with the individual; how cell signalling and gene expression and protein production drive adaptation to exercise.

Introduction of Critical Power, VO2 kinetics and how these are assessed and related to health and performance, with specific focus on bioenergetics.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Appraise and critically reflect the current literature relating to cardiovascular regulation with exercise
LO2: Accurately assess the role of cellular signalling pathways in exercise and health/disease- relating specifically to skeletal muscle and cardiovascular system.
LO3: Compare and contrast the efficacy of different modes of exercise on manipulating cell signalling
LO4: Develop competence in applied testing of VO2 kinetics, critical power (CP) and applying test data to practical applications for performance and health.
LO5: Collect physiologically relevant data to inform practice of training/interventions using sound understanding of bioenergetics.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES10120 Advanced Exercise Physiology