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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Introduction to Exercise Science
Module Code SS102
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Brendan Egan
Semester 2: Brendan Egan
Autumn: Brendan Egan
Module TeachersBrendan Egan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The module will introduce students to the pillars of sports and exercise science including anatomy and physiology, strength and conditioning, biomechanics, psychology, motor learning, sports coaching, health promotion, physical literacy, nutrition, exercise as medicine, components of fitness, and exercise testing and prescription. In each area the students will be introduced to the basic concepts and their application to the sport, health and fitness industries. In the latter part of the module, students will be introduced to the concepts of learning to learn, critical thinking and evidence-based practice, which will underpin their learning principles throughout their degree programmes.

Learning Outcomes

1. describe the main pillars of sport and exercise science, and their respective relevance to health and fitness concepts
2. explain the concepts of health- and skill-related components of physical fitness, how these are assessed and how they are trained
3. summarise the basic principles of exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, and their application in sport, health and fitness
4. recognise and apply rudimentary features of the concepts of learning to learn, critical thinking and evidence-based practice

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36No Description
Directed learning64No Description
Independent Study85No Description
Total Workload: 185

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Syllabus
Introduction to sport and exercise science; Components of fitness; Physical activity, inactivity and health; Introduction to sports and exercise physiology; Exercise and sports-related fitness testing; Principles of exercise training and prescription; Introduction to nutrition for sport and health; Learning to learn, the research process, critical thinking, and evidence-based practice; In addition to these topics, guest lecturers from the School of Health and Human Performance will provide lectures at various times throughout the semester, which will provide introductions to other pillars in sport and exercise science including biomechanics, coaching, health promotion, behaviour change, chronic illness rehabilitation, sports psychology, motor learning, and youth physical activity and physical literacy.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Short Answer QuestionsIn-class test 1 (45 minutes)30%Week 5
Short Answer QuestionsIn-class test 2 (45 minutes)30%Week 9
AssignmentEvaluation of a scientific paper40%Sem 1 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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    Date of Last Revision24-SEP-08

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