SES1000 : Human Physiology and Practical Skills

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to provide a foundation in human physiology with reference to sport and exercise.

There is an emphasis on how human organs and tissues function and the module allows the student to study and understand key concepts regarding normal human physiology through an integrated systems approach.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures and laboratory practical classes will cover:

•       Homeostasis
•       Blood: constituents; blood groups; blood clotting; white blood cell role in immune system
•       Cardiovascular system: organisation and function; electrical conduction in the heart; neural and hormonal influences on the cardiovascular system; blood pressure
•       Respiratory system: process of respiration / ventilation; factors that influence the work of breathing; gas exchange in the lung; gas transport in the blood; control of ventilation
•       Nervous system: organisation and function; motor control
•       Kidney: structure and function of the nephron; mechanisms of control of re-absorption; hormonal control of water and sodium content of the body
•       Gut: saliva and gastric secretions; pancreatic secretions; digestion of fats, carbohydrates and proteins
•       Exercise: how the cardiovascular and respiratory activities are altered to reflect the demands of exercise

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Formative class test
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical62:0012:00
Guided Independent StudySkills practice11:001:00
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1160:00160:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures define the scope of the course and communicate basic knowledge as the basis for further study. Practicals frame underpinning knowledge within a relevant context enabling the student to develop their understanding of the subject and its relevance. The workshops provide an opportunity for an interactive lab demonstration of the effects of exercise on cardiorespiratory function, and development of skills relating to data analysis and academic lab report writing. Skills practice will enable students to rehearse the techniques required for the observation of professional practice assessment component of this module. 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 Examination601A50EMI questions Short answer questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M20Practical lab report (1000 words)
Practical/lab report1M20Practical lab report (1000 words)
Prof skill assessmnt1M10Students will be observed performing key physiological measurements in groups of 3 to 4
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
PC Examination1MA mid-semester EMI examination consisting of 30 questions will be provided to students under exam conditions as a formative exercise
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The EMI and short answer question examination will test the students' factual knowledge and understanding of facts and ideas from material covered in the module.
The practical report compendium will be constructed using components from four of the practical classes. This is divided into two submissions (2 practical sessions per submission), which has been designed to facilitate the use of feedback in progressing students’ ability to write lab reports, and analyse and present data.

Correct performance of physiological measurement technical skills is an essential requirement for practical work in sports and exercise science. The observation of professional practice component of the assessment for this module will demonstrate a student’s ability to perform these techniques. The formative assessment will give students the opportunity to practice exam questions under exam conditions and get feedback on answers.

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