module specification

ST6055 - Applied Principles of Sports Physiology (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Applied Principles of Sports Physiology
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
48 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
102 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Lab report (2500 words)
Unseen Examination 50%   Written unseen examination (1hr)
Running in 2021/22

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

The 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. Selected advanced topics of current interest are introduced.

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.
Provide a comprehensive understanding of exercise physiology in a range of populations and environments.
Examine the practical implications of exercise
Familiarise students with data collection, interpretation and presentation.


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 ergongenic aids. Reference will be made to different population groups and different environmental conditions.

Learning and teaching

The basic structure to teaching and learning will involve a theory driven lecture supported by either an interactive seminar or a practical session. 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.

Assessments will be dispersed evenly across the semester enabling students to gain early feedback and reflect on progress in an ongoing basis. They will be diverse (oral/practical reports) to focus on the different learning outcomes.

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. Explain how nutritional requirements are affected by type of sport, environmental conditions and population group, and the potential for nutritional modifications and ergogenic aids to influence performance.

Assessment strategy

Assessments will be dispersed across the semester enabling students to gain feedback and reflect on progress. The module will be assessed by a practical report and an oral presentation. These items of assessment will focus on specific learning outcomes:
-Practical report (1200 words): LO 1, 2, and 3
-Written exam (1 hour): LO 1, 2



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Reilly, T. and Waterhouse, J. (2005). Sport, Exercise and Environmental Physiology. Elsevier, Churchill Livingstone.

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