Core Module Information
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

Description of module content:

Introduction of advanced physiological concepts with regards to cellular and molecular exercise physiology, as well as 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.
Cellular and molecular adaptations to be introduced and investigated include: angiogenesis, vascular adaptations, mitochondrial biogenesis, skeletal muscle hypertrophy and regeneration and immune cell adaptations.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Elucidate the role of gene expression and translation for physiological adaptation (with specific reference to exercise/inactivity)
LO2: Critically assess the role of cellular signalling pathways in exercise and health/disease
LO3: Compare and contrast the efficacy of different modes of exercise on manipulating cell signalling, including angiogenesis, mitochondria biogenesis and skeletal muscle hypertrophy
LO4: Critically appraise the literature relating to immune cell changes with exercise with impact on immune health
LO5: Analyse physiologically relevant data and anticipate explanatory underpinning physiology

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2020/1, Trimester 1, 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: Mark Ross
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module is taught through a range of lectures and tutorials 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). You will be required to undertake a class-based written exam with essay-based questions. You will have a choice of 3 questions, and answer 1 (LOs 1, 2, 3). 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). You 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).
Practical sessions on assessing VO2 kinetics and critical power (CP) will form the basis of component 2 assessment (report) (LOs 4 & 5).
Additional practicals will support learning in these 4 main topics that are assessed, and practical sessions will involve answering particular research questions, and you yourself designing the experiments to answer the research question(s) (LO’s 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment occurs in the lectures and mostly the small group tutorials, where you 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 you with your understanding of key exercise physiological concepts for the final written class exam.

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

Summative Assessment:
Component 1: Scientific report [2,000 word] assessing physiological determinants of an athlete (including data from variety of performance tests). [50% weighting, due in week 12, covering LOs 4 & 5]

Component 2: A 2 hour Centrally Timetabled Exam which comprises of 1 essay question (from 3 options, you must choose 1). [50% weighting, covering LOs 1,2 & 3]

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) 153
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 15
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Laboratory report 50 4,5 12 , WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1,2 & 3 14/15 HOURS= 02.00
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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