Module title: Exercise Physiology & Health

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

Module code: SES11113
Module leader: Melanie Leggate
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Science & Health


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: Melanie Leggate
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module will develop skills in oral and written communication; the ability to plan and manage learning; the use of web-based learning resources; to analyse and interpret research evidence and critical writing. LO1: Will be delivered by face-to-face lectures and seminars. LO2: Will be delivered by face-to-face lectures and seminars. LO3: Will be delivered by face-to-face lectures, practical laboratory sessions and seminars. LO4: Will be delivered by face-to-face lectures, practical laboratory sessions and seminars.

The curriculum for this module will develop practical skills such as exercise testing and body composition assessment and oral communication skills during laboratory practical sessions to enhance employability within the healthcare and private sectors. Written communication, critical thinking and problem solving will help to develop scholarly skills. Other skills including report writing, data handling and interpretation will be gained through practical sessions and component 1 assessment.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment and feedback will be provided to students regarding clinical skills during the practical sessions and via group tasks to be completed prior to and discussed during seminars. Formative assessment: there will be a number of formative assessments staged throughout the module to assist in measuring student progress and identifying areas needing further support. These will include short answer questions and essay type exercises.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment of learning will take place in weeks 8 and 13. The assessment in week 8 will consist of an essay submission (assess LO’s 1 and 2). Component 2 will consist of a project assessment which will entail assessing body composition and exercise capacity in an individual from the general population within the exercise physiology laboratory and writing a report to feedback to the individual, demonstrating the ability to handle and interpret data (this will assess LO’s 3 and 4).

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 18
Face To Face Seminar 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1,2 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Project - Written 50 3,4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will focus on the effects of exercise and physical activity on the human organism. This module explores the concepts and principles, which underpin the interactions of the physiological systems and mechanisms that lead to development of non-communicable diseases. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the current physical activity guidelines for healthy populations and the role of exercise in the prevention and treatment of long-term conditions. In addition, you will learn how to critically evaluate relevant literature and understand the evidence concerning the major health outcomes relating to physical activity/exercise. During this module you will analyse methodology to estimate body composition and learn to estimate energy expenditure during a number of physical activities. Furthermore, you will learn to carry out a number of laboratory based exercise tests suitable for assessing cardiorespiratory capacity in healthy populations, including older adults and children.

The module will cover: sedentary behaviour and physical inactivity physiology, metabolic, cardiovascular and respiratory responses to exercise; acute responses to physical activity; hormonal responses to regular physical activity; skeletal muscle adaptions to physical activity; exercise testing; exercise metabolism; physical activity and children’s health; physical activity and healthy ageing; energy balance and body weight regulation; measurement of body composition; graded exercise testing.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Evaluate the evidence related to the role of physical activity and inactivity on major health outcomes
LO2: Examine the impact of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in relation to physiological systems including respiratory, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems
LO3: Critically assess methods to estimate body composition and accurately estimate body composition in a range of individuals, demonstrating an ability to interpret data
LO4: Critically evaluate measurements of energy expenditure and exercise capacity using graded exercise tests in both laboratory and field settings, demonstrating an ability to interpret data

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES11113 Exercise Physiology & Health