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SES1002 : Bioenergetics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Wouter Peeters
  • Lecturer: Dr Helen Mason, Dr Daniel West
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge of the biochemistry that underpins sport, exercise and nutrition. The module aims to deepen your knowledge of the important roles enzymes, hormones and chemical reactions play in the regulation of metabolism and considers multiple metabolic and biochemical pathways involved in the process of energy turnover and storage, metabolic signals/pathways involved in adaptation, and the interaction of macro/micro nutrients with these systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following topics:

• The metabolism of carbohydrate, fat and protein
• Cellular respiration and the metabolic pathways activated at rest and during exercise
• Enzyme function and hormonal coordination of anabolic and catabolic processes for the control of energy turnover.
• Bioenergetics of high intensity and endurance exercise

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00Lectures to deliver foundation learning material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Preparation for assessment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading155:0055:00Reading from lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Seminar
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity160:0060:00Follow up reading to further extend knowledge
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to deliver foundation learning material, which are then followed up by independent guided reading. Seminar sessions will provide students the opportunities to view biochemical and metabolic data examples and discuss / review the related energy systems / pathways associated. Defined hours for reflective learning will promote the student to evaluate their learning so far and identify weaknesses that need to be followed up by further reading. Time has also been specified for assessment preparation to indicate to students how much time is expected to be dedicated to this task.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1202A10070 MCQ questions and 10 short answer questions
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written Examination2MExample questions will be provided in seminars using interactive electronic software. Feedback will be provided in the session.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Foundation knowledge will be assessed through a MCQ exam and short answer questions. The need for understanding the underpinning biochemistry for various exercise types and nutrition provides the foundations for all other physiological related topics in the degree programme. This understanding is most appropriately assessed via MCQ exam. Example examination questions embedded into the seminar series will give students immediate feedback about their understanding of the material and provide familiarity with the content and format of the final written examination.

MDiet candidates must obtain an overall mark of 40 or above and achieve at least 35 in each component of the assessment to pass the module.

Reading Lists