Core Module Information
Module title: Physiological Factors Affecting Sporting Performance

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES11102
Module leader: Geraint Florida-James
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science

There is no prerequisite for this module

Description of module content:

The aim of this module is to expose you to a range of the most commonly used tests used in the physiological assessment of an athlete. These would include tests of strength, power, aerobic and anaerobic capacity, body composition analysis and importantly in the field testing of a number of these variables. The module also examines the theory underpinning the physiological limits to performance and how this links to the available physiological tests. The content of the module is specifically designed to enable you to develop key practical competencies in sport science support when working with athletes in a broad range of sports and in various environmental settings.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Determine and critically evaluate various physiological factors that affect sports performance
LO2: Critically evaluate a range of physiological assessments that are used to determine human performance.
LO3: Interpret and apply theoretical principles of physiological assessment within a variety of sporting contexts.
LO4: Demonstrate practical competence in the administration of a variety of physiological tests.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Geraint Florida-James
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The learning and teaching will comprise lead lectures, online support material with seminars and practical sessions. You will be required to complete background reading, research and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of physiological testing techniques. LOs 1, 2 and 3 will be underpinned with lead lectures but critical examination will be achieved via practical work and seminars. LO 4 will be addressed by practical experience in the practical sessions and supported by VOD of examples of good practice.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is presented in seminar and laboratory work, peer discussion and case study tutorials.

Summative Assessment:
You have a structured summative assessment; through two assessment points; firstly the case study [2500 words]; you will be assessed on interpretation of the selected case and secondly on the strategy described to support the athlete. You will be required to design, administer and interpret appropriate tests providing appropriate feedback to the athlete.

The second summative assessment is a 15 minute oral presentation where you are required to research a physiological test for a particular athlete and present on the reliability and validity of this test in relation to actual physiology and performance indicators. The purpose of this is to develop critical analysis and presentation skills.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 10
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Online Guided independent study 15
Independent Learning Guided independent study 145
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 60 2,3,4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Oral Presentation 40 1,2 8 HOURS= 0.15, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES11102 Physiological Factors affecting sporting performance