module specification

ST6064 - Clinical Exercise Physiology (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Clinical Exercise Physiology
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
46 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
4 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
100 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Seen Examination 100%   Written Seen exam (90 minutes)
Running in 2024/25

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Module summary

Module code:ST6064
Module Title: Clinical Exercise Physiology
Description: This module analyses the relationships between exercise and a variety of disease states including cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic diseases.  It focuses on aetiology, prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation.
Period: Spring semester (15 weeks), day
Required Prior Learning: ST5006
Assessment: Assessment: Seen written exam (100%)

Prior learning requirements

ST5006 / ST5005


Clinical Exercise Physiology:
Critical analysis of concepts of health and fitness; principles of epidemiological investigation. LO1, LO3
Disease patterns of developed countries including concepts of risk factors and environmental factors. LO1, LO3, LO5
Exercise and the disease state, including a variety of degenerative and psychological disorders. LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
Introduction to exercise testing and prescription for those with diseases specifically the use of Cardiopulmonary testing (CPET) as a diagnostic and monitoring method. LO2, LO7

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

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 sport and exercise practice. Students will have access to the environmental chamber as well as simulation devices for altitude during practical classes.

Key strategies:
Laboratory practical sessions
Workshops/Seminars (discussion/interaction/experiential learning)
WebLearn (blended learning/information point/discussion board)
Self-directed learning
Summative and Formative assessments will be dispersed evenly across the semester enabling students to gain early feedback and reflect on progress in an ongoing basis.
Students’ study responsibilities are articulated in the SHS Staff/Student Agreement which is available via the Faculty Web site.

Learning outcomes

  1. The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications.
    This module analyses the interactions between exercise and a variety of disease. It covers both general topics such as epidemiology and pathology, as well as specific conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and psychological disorders. The module aims to give students some theoretical and practical experience of describing and understanding clinical conditions.
    There is a focus on core competencies identified by prospective employers.
    It also familiarise students with data collection, interpretation and presentation.

    1. Understand the principles of epidemiological investigations and how they can be applied    to investigate the interactions between exercise and diseases.
    2. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the aetiology and characteristics of a range
    of degenerative conditions, including the role of exercise in causation and treatment
    3. Effectively collect and critically interpret some physiological measurements relevant to
    degenerative diseases
    4. Display a comprehensive knowledge of relevant physiological responses to exercise and their practical implications.



Core texts

• Cooper, C. Press (2001). Exercise Testing and Interpretation: A Practical Approach Paperback. Cambridge University Press. ISBN-10: 0521648424; ISBN-13: 978-0521648424.
• Ehrman, J. et al. (2013). Clinical Exercise Physiology. 3rd ed. Human Kinetics.
• Wasserman, K. et al., (2011). Principles of Exercise Testing and Interpretation: Including Pathophysiology and Clinical Applications. 5th Revised edition. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
ISBN-10: 1609138996; ISBN-13: 978-1609138998.

• ACSM (2013). Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. 9th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
• ACSM (2001). Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. 4th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
• Allied Dunbar National Fitness Survey (1992). The Sports Council, London.
• Astrand, P. et al., (2003). Textbook of Work Physiology. 4th Revised edition. Human Kinetics Publishers; ISBN-10: 0736001409; ISBN-13: 978-0736001403.
• Hardman AE & Stensel DJ (2003). Physical activity and health: The evidence explained. Routledge.
• McArdle, W.D., Katch, F.I. and Katch, V.L. (2010) Exercise physiology: nutrition, energy, and human performance, 7th edition Philadelphia : Lippincott Williams &
• Reilly, T. and Waterhouse, J. (2005). Sport, Exercise and Environmental Physiology. Elsevier, Churchill Livingstone.
• Tipton, C.M (Ed) (2006) ACSM's advanced exercise physiology. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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