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Archived Version 2009 - 2010

Module Title Sports & Exercise Physiology I
Module Code SS203
School School of Health & Human Performance

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Giles WarringtonOffice NumberXG04
Level 2 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims

Module Aims:·

  • To provide an understanding of the physiological and metabolic responses to a single bout of exercise·
  • To provide an understanding of the measurement techniques used to assess the physiological and metabolic responses to a single bout of exercise

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes:

After successful completion of the course students will be able to understand:·

  • The fundamentals of human energy transfer during exercise.
  • Physiological support systems during acute exercise
     Pulmonary system.
     Cardiovascular system.
     Neuromuscular system.
     Neuroendocrine system.
  • Influence of gender, fitness level, nutrition, body position, intensity, duration and environmental conditions on responses to a single bout of exercise.
  •  Measurement of human energy expenditure during rest and physical activity.
  •  Evaluating energy generating capacities during exercise.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 30
Tutorials 0
Laboratories 20
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 25

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus

Indicative Syllabus:

  • Human energy transfer – phosphagen system, aerobic and anaerobic metabolism.
  • Pulmonary ventilation, gas exchange, oxygen and carbon dioxide transport, ventilatory control, ventilatory threshold.
  • Endocrine system and human performance.
  • Heart rate, cardiac output, stroke volume, blood pressure, blood distribution, a-vO2diff.
  • Measurement of oxygen uptake, blood pressure, heart rate, ventilatory threshold.
  • Measurement of human energy expenditure.
Continuous Assessment40% Examination Weight60%
Indicative Reading List

Indicative Reading List:


  • Exercise Physiology. Human Bioenergetics and its applications. Brooks, G.A., Fahey, T.D., White, T.P., Baldwin, K.M. 3rd edition. McGraw Hill, 1999.
  • Physiology of Sport and Exercise. 2nd edition. Wilmore JH and Costill DL. Human Kinetics, 1999
  • Exercise Physiology: Energy, nutrition and human performance. 5th edition. McArdle, Katch and Latch. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2000.
  • Exercise Physiology. 4th edition. Powers and Howley. McGraw Hill, 2001.


  • Exercise Physiology for health, fitness and performance. Plowman, S.A. and Smith, D.L. Second edition. Benjammin Cummins, 2003
  • Essentials of strength training and conditioning. 2nd edition. Baechle TR and Earle RW (Editors). National Strength and Conditioning Association. Human Kinetics 2000.
Programme or List of Programmes
ATTBSc Athletic Therapy and Training
SSHBSc Sport Science and Health