Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology - SPOR3380

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 4 30 (15) John Dickinson checkmark-circle


Students will cover the structure and function of the following:
Musculoskeletal system including muscle, bone, cartilage, ligaments and tendons, nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and endocrine system.
The principles of the maintenance of homeostasis and the physiological adaptation of the body systems to exercise will also be covered.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 42
Private study hours: 258
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Coursework – 50%
Lab Assessment – 50%

Indicative reading

McArdle, W, D., Katch, I, F., Katch, V, L. (2009) Exercise Physiology Energy, Nutrition and Human Performance. (7th Edn). London: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Tortora, G, J & Derrickson, B. (2008) Principles of Anatomy and Physiology. (12th Edn). London: Wiley
Wilmore, J.H., Costill, D.L., & Kenny, L. W. (2008). Physiology of Sport and Exercise. 4th Edition. Champaign IL: Human Kinetics.

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of the structure and function of the major body systems.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of the body systems in maintaining the body's internal environment during rest and in facilitating movement.
3. Describe the responses and adaptations of the body systems to exercise.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Communication and presentation skills.
2. Numeracy and Information Technology skills.
3. Interactive group skills.
4. Problem solving skills.
5. An ability to plan and manage learning.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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