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SES2004 : Exercise Physiology

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Deb Dulson
  • Lecturer: Mr Lee Ager, Dr Owen Jeffries, Mr Ollie Page, Dr Sam Orange, Dr Callum Brownstein, Dr Emma Cockburn
  • 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 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aim of this module is to further develop students’ knowledge of human and exercise physiology by building on the introductory material covered in stage 1. The module will cover the acute and chronic physiological responses to different types of exercise and the underlying principles associated with various exercise testing procedures.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following topics:

•       Aerobic power
•       Endurance exercise training
•       The physiology of maximum steady state
•       Maximal oxygen uptake
•       Lactate threshold and lactate turn point
•       Anaerobic capacity
•       Maximal intensity exercise
•       Intermittent high intensity exercise
•       Extreme environmental conditions
•       Female physiology
•       Immune and anti-inflammatory responses to exercise
•       Exercise and clinical populations

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion166:0066:00Preparation and completion of lab report and revision for exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00PIP - designed to provide key theoretical underpinning
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials42:008:00Non-sync online Materials delivered through variety of means inc lecture recordings & formative acts
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00PIP introductory lecture
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading161:0016:00Reading following lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical62:0012:00PIP - provide skills to collect valid and reliable data to advance theoretical understanding
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching71:007:00PIP - development of lecture material, opportunities for group disc & formative teaching activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00Synchronous online. Drop in session for student queries related to the assessment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study175:0075:00This includes reading and writing up lecture notes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and lecture materials define the scope of the course and communicate new knowledge as the basis for further study. Practicals will frame underpinning knowledge within a relevant context enabling the student to develop their understanding of the subject, its relevance and analysis of data. The seminars allow further development of material covered in the lectures, opportunities for group discussion and formative teaching activities. Independent study is used for self-directed learning and includes: reading lecture notes & texts, preparation for practical classes; using learning resources on the Web. Skills practiced include critical thinking, active learning, numeracy, planning & organisation and independence.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50Invigilated MCQ (20), short answer (15) and extended answer questions (2) - PIP
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M30Analyse, report and discuss data from a lab practical (1500 words)
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Students will be observed performing physiological measurements. This will be conducted in pairs - PIP
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination will test the students' factual knowledge and application of knowledge from material covered in the module. The laboratory report will assess the students’ ability to analyse, report and discuss physiological data in a concise yet informative way. This will help to develop their scientific writing skills.
The observation of professional practice component of the assessment for this module will demonstrate a student’s ability to perform key sport and exercise physiological techniques.

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