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SES8001 : Exercise Physiology Assessment Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sam Orange
  • Lecturer: Dr Carl Hulston, Dr Daniel West, Dr Owen Jeffries, Dr Deb Dulson, Professor Emma Stevenson
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of laboratory emergency procedures and safety. It will develop proficiency in a wide range of exercise testing and laboratory diagnostic procedures. The module will encourage critical appraisal of the selection of diagnostic procedures or tests and develop the skill of critical reflection.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following topics:

•       Laboratory and equipment safety
•       Blood sampling and analysis
•       Pre-screening and cardiorespiratory testing
•       12 lead ECG – rest and exercise, normal and abnormal trace interpretation
•       Measurement of muscle function: frail to highly trained
•       Peak cardiorespiratory fitness: in disease and athlete
•       Physical assessment of the frail
•       Sport specific performance monitoring
•       Operating in extreme environments

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Preparation of oral presentation and revision for professional skill assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00PIP - Introduction to the module and directed learning
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical83:0024:00PIP - Combined lecture and laboratory session
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Combined lecture and laboratory sessions provide the platform for providing key knowledge and concepts

Combining the lectures and laboratory sessions in the new teaching spaces will allow theory and practice to be delivered simultaneously, allowing students the opportunity to practice and reflect on their skills development, individually and in small groups, also enhancing their critical and analytical skills.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination1M50Individual 10 minute presentation of a case study followed by a 5-minute defence - PIP
Prof skill assessmnt1M50Practical skills assessment: competency assessment on a range of laboratory procedures - PIP
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module is designed to lay the foundation knowledge and practical skills required to go onto complete their research project. The practical skills assessment will assess each student’s knowledge base, comprehension of each test, and their competence in conducting these procedures in a formal setting. The student will present proposed physiological techniques to be used at baseline and follow-up in a client of their choosing (athlete or patient). The presentation will assess each student’s ability to scrutinise physiological tests in terms of appropriateness for population, reliability, validity, sensitivity, limitations and how to implement these procedures.

Reading Lists