module specification

ST6005 - Advanced Applied Sports Physiology (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Advanced Applied Sports Physiology
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 300
228 hours Guided independent study
72 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 25%   Lab report (2,500 words)
Unseen Examination 25%   Unseen examination
Practical Examination 25%   Clinical Assessment
Coursework 25%   Written feedback Report
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
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Module summary

The first half of this module examines the response of the various physiological systems to exercise with an emphasis on training and other applied aspects. There is also a focus on sports nutrition, including ergogenic aids and supplements. Selected advanced topics of current interest are introduced. The second half develops an advanced understanding of the physiological effects of, and adaptations to, differing climatic and environmental conditions.

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications.
This modules aims at providing a comprehensive understanding of exercise physiology in a range of populations and environments. It conveys an appreciation of the complex nature of environmental physiology and examines the practical implications of exercise
It also familiarise students with data collection, interpretation and presentation.


Physiological responses to exercise
Cardiovascular and respiratory adaptations (heart rate, stroke volume, blood pressure, minute ventilation, breathing frequency), skeletal muscle responses (including the effects of fatigue), exercise metabolism (energy systems), advanced acid-base regulation (buffer systems, training methods and nutritional supplements available), hormonal adaptations, training adaptations, detraining and practical solutions. Nutritional topics will include energy requirements, macronutrients and micronutrients, as well as nutritional supplements and ergogenic aids.

Interactions of exercise with environmental conditions
Impact of different environmental conditions in terms of acute and chronic effects, and also distinction between physiological and pathological consequences. Conditions to include: 
Increased barometric pressure: in relation to different diving techniques.
Decreased barometric pressure: physiological responses to high altitude
Extreme heat and cold: Thermoregulatory control systems; avoidance and treatment of hyperthermia in sports persons. Interactions with humidity.
Zero- and micro- gravity.
Circadian rhythms.

Learning and teaching

Theory-driven lectures will be supported by interactive seminars and practical sessions. Lectures will provide the essential theoretical base, whereas seminars/practicals offer students an opportunity to apply this knowledge to practice. Students will have access to the environmental chamber as well as simulation devices for altitude during practical classes.

Key strategies:
Workshops/Seminars/Practicals (discussion/interaction/experiential learning)
WebLearn (blended learning/information point/discussion board)
Self-directed learning
Students’ study responsibilities are articulated in the FLS Staff/Student Agreement which is available via the Faculty Web site.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Display a comprehensive knowledge of relevant physiological responses to exercise and their practical implications.
2. Understand the physiological consequences of, and practical implications of exercise in, a range of extreme environments.
3. Demonstrate an ability to disseminate scientific information in a professional format.
4. Effectively collect and critically interpret physiological measurements taken during exercise.


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