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ESC2004 : Exercise Physiology (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims to further develop students' knowledge of human and exercise physiology, building upon the introductory material in stage 1. It will emphasise how the normal functions of physiological systems are influenced by exercise and allow the student to study and understand the acute and chronic physiological responses to various exercise stimuli and the associated adaptations.

Outline Of Syllabus

The lectures, seminars and lab practicals will cover the following topics:

Oxygen uptake kinetics: influence on exercise performance and adaptation.
Bioenergetics and mitochondrial biogenesis: mechanisms for biogenesis and influence of exercise intensities.
Respiratory limitations and adaptations to exercise: how exercise influences demands placed on respiratory system.
Cardiovascular and hemodynamic responses and adaptations to exercise: how exercise elicits changes in resting hemodynamic function.
Cardiopulmonary exercise testing: various methods and their limitations.
The neuromuscular system and exercise: how the neuromuscular system elicits muscular contraction and adapts to varying stimuli.
Acute and chronic endocrine responses to exercise: anabolic and catabolic hormonal responses to varying exercise types, intensities and durations and how these responses are regulated.
Exercise induced signalling responses and subsequent adaptation: how satellite cells can induce adaptions to exercise.
Exercise in extreme and unusual environmental conditions: influence of environmental factors such as altitude and heat and their effects on normal physiological responses to exercise.
Introduction to physical activity exercise and disease: the roles of exercise in the prevention and management of various diseases.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion610:0060:00Revision for examination and lab book
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1104:00104:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Seminars
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce key concepts of the module to the students in support of the knowledge outcomes. Seminars will encourage students to develop their deeper understanding of the subject and interpersonal communication skills. Practical sessions are designed to provide students with hands on use of physiology equipment. These practicals will help solidify the student’s understanding of fundamental principles and support the development of skills outcomes relating to teamwork and inter-personal communication.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80Unseen paper; a mixture of MCQ (single best answer), short notes and essay questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M20Short lab reports will be attached to each of the practical sessions (4x5%)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination will test the students' knowledge and understanding of material covered in the module.

The lab practical reports will assess the student’s ability to carry out and understand key practical skills and tests used in exercise physiology.

Reading Lists