module specification

SP5061 - Environmental Exercise Physiology (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Environmental Exercise Physiology
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
6 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
111 hours Guided independent study
33 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 75%   Case study
Unseen Examination 25%   In Class test
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Tuesday Morning

Module summary

You will be familiarised with a variety of field and laboratory-based tests of physical performance to assess components of fitness and work capacity associated with strength and power-based sports and muscle metabolism.
Secondarily you will undertake study into the impact on exercise of specific environmental exposure on physiology associated with high altitude hypoxia, high environmental temperatures and humidity including fluid balance and cold exposure.
The module builds on the Level 4 study of Physiology and links in specifically with the Level 6 module which follows in the Spring semester. Key concepts of anaerobic energy production in strength and power sports and muscle metabolism will be addressed. In additionally you will learn about the highly practical and industry related concepts of athlete support provision with specific reference to an appreciation of the impact of environmental impacts on exercise training and performance and potential ergogenic benefits of exposure extremes such as high temperatures and humidity.

Prior learning requirements

Prerequisite SP5051 must have been taken
Available for Study Abroad? YES


Anaerobic sports and muscle metabolism
Testing muscular strength and power, speed, agility, and balance (LO1, LO2)
Principles of performance testing, in relation to athletic performance and exercise prescription.
Anaerobic power and capacity testing (LO1, LO2)

Environmental Physiology.
Body composition analysis, bioelectrical impedance and air plethysmography (LO1, LO2).
Environmental Physiology: exercise at high altitude and in extreme temperatures both hot and cold and including reference to humid and dry conditions (LO2, LO3).
Fluid balance and hydration status (LO2, LO3).

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The basic structure of teaching and learning will comprise theory-driven lectures supported by tutorials and lab practical sessions. Lectures will cover acute and chronic physiological responses to exercise and the theoretical basis for test selection. Lab practical sessions offer students opportunities to perform physiological measurements during exercise and to develop the ability to implement a variety of performance tests. Vocational skills and employability will be emphasised when performance evaluation skills are developed and assessed. Virtual exercise physiology lab sessions will be made available to reinforce the practical component of the module as well as underlying theoretical concepts.

Online quizzes will be used to provide purely formative assessment. Written feedback will be given for the summatively-assessed coursework items. Oral feedback from the written exams will be given on request.

This approach allows for summative feedback throughout the course of the module. It also allows the integrated theory and practical core of the syllabus to be separated into two separate items of unseen assessment.

Learning outcomes

LO1: Demonstrate an understanding of the Physiology underpinning strength and power based sports, muscle metabolism and body composition analysis relating to performance.
LO2: Collect reliable physiological and performance measurements during exercise under extreme environmental conditions including hydration and report the results appropriately.
LO3: Demonstrate an ability to offer scientific support services to athletes in terms heat and hypoxic adaptations, body composition analysis and considerations of hydration for performance.

Assessment strategy

The In-Class test is a formative assessment in week 7 which covers the anaerobic aspects of Exercise Physiology covered in the first part of the module. It is a short answer exam covering aspects of muscle metabolism, strength and power.
The Coursework takes the form of a Case Study offering Students the choice of one out of three possible scenarios involving an Athlete who requires specific science support for a given event. This Science support is employment related and requires Students to use their learned skills to provide real world support to an athlete with reference to needs analysis and then provisions including body composition, hydration needs, heat and hypoxic acclimation/acclimatization.

• In-Class test 60 minutes during a lecture session will offer the chance to revise (with revision seminar) key topics from the early part fo the module and to receive both written and verbal feedback afterwards.
• Coursework (1500 words) addresses skills which are employment related and which lead the students into Level 6 Exercise Physiology module in which employability concepts are addressed with assessments based upon highly specific athlete support and communication of scientific material. This Case Study assess key skills of sport science provision to Athletes/Performers and follows on from the Level 4 assessment which involved a group-based presentation on a similar though broader topic.