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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

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
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module analyses the key physiological and metabolic responses to acute exercise. Students will understand the key changes that occur to the various physiolical systems at rest and during a bout of exercise. The module will also investigate the measurement techniques used to assess the physiological and metabolic responses to a single bout of exercise

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. Evaluate energy generating capacities during exercise.
4. Explain and demonstrate the process of measurement of human energy exergy expenditure at rest and during exercise.
5. Identify and explain various factors which influence the physiological responses to acute exercise including: genetics, gender, age, training status, 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 Assessment40% Examination Weight60%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
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
ATTBSc Athletic Therapy and Training
SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SSHBSc Sport Science and Health