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SPSC5128M Advanced Exercise Physiology

15 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Professor Ronaldo Ichiyama

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with

SPSC3321Advanced Exercise Physiology

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module provides students with the opportunity to study and discuss in detail contemporary issues in basic and applied exercise physiology. Four research led lectures will be supported by tutorials which enable students to explore in-depth key areas relevant to physiology and rehabilitation.


This module explores advanced topics in exercise physiology.

The objectives of the module are to:
- To equip students with an in-depth understanding of rehabilitation from a physiological perspective
- To provide students with knowledge from recent and relevant research that explores good practice in rehabilitation.
- Make students aware of the physiological considerations needed when planning and delivering rehabilitation.
- Facilitate students ability to critically assess contemporary issues in exercise physiology

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to;
1. Apply and develop knowledge and skills relevant to the area of rehabilitation;
2. Discuss a number of key contemporary issues in exercise physiology;
3. Critically debate chosen key issues;
4. Critically analyse the literature pertinent to chosen key issues;
5. Understand the relevance of the contemporary issues to sport and exercise science and rehabilitation.

Skills outcomes
Students will be able to:
- demonstrate a critical understanding of theoretical and methodological issues encountered in contemporary research and practice.
- demonstrate critical understanding of the physiological concepts associated with rehabilitation
- orally communicate and discuss relevant information on a selected contemporary topic.


This module will run as a series of four lectures and tutorials on separate contemporary issues in basic and applied exercise physiology.

These might include:

- Control of muscle oxygen consumption
- Plasticity of muscle fibre type and its implications for performance
- Cardiac hypertrophy
- Cardiovascular and pulmonary limitations to performance
- Genetics of human performance
- Aetiology of syndrome X
- Circadian rhythms in performance
- The female athlete triad
- Exercise and rehabilitation
- Exercise in pre-puberty
- Exercise in pregnancy

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours49.50
Private study hours90.00
Total Contact hours10.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study: this includes the time associated with background reading for each /lecture/tutorial/seminar, and the time associated with the preparation and completion of the assessment. In addition reading and preparation for round table assessment: 90 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be given formative feedback during the seminar sessions as they are guided through the assessment and given opportunities to develop their ideas in groups. In addition tutorials will be offered where students have the opportunity to discuss their assignments and gain feedback on draft submissions.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay4,500 words60.00
In-course Assessment.40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

This is a compulsory pass element on the module. You will not gain credits if this is not completed successfully. Failure to complete this work to pass standard will result in a V code being appended to the final module mark.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/12/2021


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