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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Sport & Exercise Physiology
Module Code SS124
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sarahjane Cullen
Semester 2: Sarahjane Cullen
Autumn: Sarahjane Cullen
Module TeachersSarahjane Cullen
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module analyses and provides an understanding of the key physiological and metabolic responses to acute and chronic exercise. Students will investigate and evaluate the key changes that occur to the various physiolical systems at rest and during a single bout of exercise as well as following a period of training.

Learning Outcomes

1. Outline the key responses that occur to the various physiological systems during exercise including: pulmonary system, cardiovascular system, neuromuscular system and neuroendocrine system.
2. Explain the the fundamental principles of energy transfer during exercise.
3. Identify and explain various factors which influence the physiological responses to single and repeated bouts of exercise including: genetics, gender, age, training status, detraining nutrition, body position, exercise mode, intensity, duration and environmental factors.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36No Description
Laboratory26No Description
Directed learning3Mid and end of term exam
Assignment Completion10Laboratory assessment
Independent Study50No Description
Total Workload: 125

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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class TestMid term exam40%Week 6
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

  • Wilmore J.H., Costill D.L. and Kenny W.L.: 2008, Physiology of sport and exercise, 4th, Human Kinetics,
  • McCardle W.D., Katch F.I. and Katch V.L.: 2006, Exercise Physiology: Energy, nutrition and human performance, 6th, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins,
  • Brooks G.A., Fahey T.D., White T.D. and Baldwin K.M.: 2006, Exercise Physiology: Human bioenergetics and its application, 5th, McGraw Hill,
  • Powers S. and Howley E.: 2006, Exercise Physiology, 6th, McGraw Hill,
  • ACSM: 2009, ACSM's guidelines for exercise testing and prescription, 8th, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins,
  • Plowman S.A. and Smith D.L.: 2007, Exercise Physiology for health, fitness and performance, 2nd, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins,
  • Baechle T.R. and Earle R.W. (Editors). National Strength Conditoning Assocation: 2008, Essentials of strength and conditioning, 3rd, Human Kinetics,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
ATTBSc Athletic Therapy and Training
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SSHBSc Sport Science and Health

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