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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2016 - 2017

Module Title Integrated Sport & Exercise Physiology
Module Code SS203
School School of Health & Human Performance

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Giles WarringtonOffice NumberXG04
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module analyses the key physiological and metabolic adptations in response to acute and chronic exercise. Students will evaluate the critical changes that occur to the various physiological systems at rest and during single and repeated bouts of exercise training. By adopting an integrated approach, students will implement and evaluate different measurement techniques used to assess the physiological and metabolic responses to exercise training.The module will also evaluate and integrate the various physiological systems and mechanisms that account for training adaptations to various exercise modes, populations and sporting disciplines as well as different environments.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe and evaluate the key physiological and metabolic adaptations that occur in response to exercise training including: pulmonary system, cardiovascular system, neuromuscular system and neuroendocrine system.
2. Explain the fundamental principles of energy transfer and demonstrate the process of measurement of human energy exergy expenditure at rest and during exercise.
3. Explain the cellular and biochemical adaptations to exercise training.
4. Explain the neuromuscular adaptations to resistance training.
5. Describe the physiological limitations to performance during different activities.
6. Evaluate the key physiological changes associated with detraining and overtraining.
7. Explain how growth and the aging process influence physiological function and performance across the life cycle.
8. Outline how different environmental factors such as heat, cold, altitude and diving influence physiological function and athletic performance.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture40No Description
Laboratory40Lab demonstrations
Assignment Completion10Laboratory assessment
Assignment Completion20Journal aricles reviews
Laboratory60Small group labs
Independent Study80Log book preparation and reading
Total Workload: 250

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

Energy systems
Energy transfer and expenditure at rest and during exercise

Cardiorespiratory system
Cardiovascular system, respiratory system, oxygen uptake and oxygen kinetics

Biochemical changes, substrait use and the endocrine system

Neuromuscular system
Muscle damage, cellular and neural adaptations

Summary of systems Physiology
Detraining and overtraining

Specific populations
Children, gender and aging

Environmental Physiology
Thermal, diving and altitude

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
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,
  • R. Eston and T.Reilly: 2009, Kinanthropometry and Exercise Physiology Laboratory Manual, 3rd, Routeledge Taylor & Francis Group, 13:978-0-415-43723-3
  • 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,
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