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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC2221 Exercise Physiology in Special Populations

10 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Matthew Lancaster
Email: m.k.lancaster@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

N/A

Pre-requisites

FOBS1125Introduction to Physiology

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will build upon your knowledge of ‘normal’ physiology developed in the first half of your degree programme to consider how this normal physiology is affected in different special populations, such as the elite athlete, elite Masters athlete, and those with chronic disease. You will consider the mechanism underpinning changes to the normal physiology, consequences for exercise tolerance and evidence for the potential role of rehabilitation in ameliorating any exercise limitation. You will also have the opportunity to assess how normal physiologic responses are altered in special populations in the laboratory.

Objectives

Continuing with the systems-led approach of preceding modules, this module will consider the specific ‘adaptations’ in different special populations, how this affects limitations to exercise tolerance and links to rehabilitation strategies to overcome the exercise limitation and increase exercise tolerance. Examples of special populations considered are: the elite athlete, the elite master’s athlete and those with chronic diseases such as lung disease, cardiovascular disease and musculoskeletal disorders.

The goals of this module are that on completion students should be able to:
- Describe specific responses and adaptations seen in different special populations such as the elderly, highly trained and those with significant pathophysiology.
- Discuss how exercise responses and tolerance is altered in these special populations.
- Discuss the role of rehabilitation in overcoming special population specific exercise limitations in order to increase exercise tolerance, and the underpinning mechanisms.

Learning outcomes
1. Describe specific ‘adaptations’, and underpinning mechanisms for the ‘adaptations’ in a range of special populations.
2. Discuss how these specific ‘adaptations’ affect exercise tolerance and the associated mechanism of intolerance in a range of special populations.
3. Discuss the role of rehabilitation in overcoming special population specific exercise limitations to increase exercise tolerance.
4. Describe the underpinning mechanisms for rehabilitation-related increases in exercise tolerance.

Skills outcomes
- Critical analysis and practical skills;
- Organisation skills;
- Communication skills.


Syllabus

Lectures
1. Introduction to module
2. The elite athlete 1: special ‘adaptations’ & limitations to exercise
3. The elite athlete 2: Strategies to overcome ‘special’ limitations
4. The elite Masters athlete 1: special ‘adaptations’ & limitations to exercise
5. The elite Masters athlete 2: Strategies to overcome ‘special’ limitations
6. Lung disease: special ‘adaptations’ & limitations to exercise
7. Lung disease: Strategies to overcome ‘special’ limitations
8. CV disease: special ‘adaptations’ & limitations to exercise
9. CV disease: Strategies to overcome ‘special’ limitations
10.Musculoskeletal: special ‘adaptations’ & limitations to exercise
11.Musculoskeletal : Strategies to overcome ‘special’ limitations

Laboratory classes
1. The effect of lung disease on the integrated exercise responses
2. Laboratory demonstration of a 12-lead ECG during exercise

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Practical11.001.00
Practical13.003.00
Private study hours85.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students will be provided with a reading list, details of associated learning resources (e.g. example MCQs) and key literature that relates to the material presented in the module.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback will be provided to students on their performance on the completed lab report (1x1500 words), allowing them to assess progress.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportProject report (1,500 word lab report)40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 16/08/2019

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