Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology - SPOR3380

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 4 30 (15) John Dickinson checkmark-circle


This is an introductory module where students will study the structure and function of the different physiological systems in the human body. 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

Online assessment 1 (40 minutes) 25%
Online assessment 2 (40 minutes) 25%
Practical skills assessment (30 min) 50%

Indicative reading

McArdle, W, D., Katch, I, F., Katch, V, L. (2014) Exercise Physiology Energy, Nutrition and Human Performance. (8th Edn). London: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Tortora, G, J & Derrickson, B. (2017) Principles of Anatomy and Physiology. (15th Edn). London: Wiley
Wilmore, J.H., Costill, D.L., & Kenny, L. W. (2019). Physiology of Sport and Exercise. 7th Edition. Champaign IL: Human Kinetics.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate understanding of the structure and function of the major body systems.
Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of the body systems in maintaining the body's internal environment during rest and in facilitating movement.
Demonstrate understanding of the responses and adaptations of body systems to exercise.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate Communication and presentation skills.
Demonstrate Numeracy and Information Technology skills.
Demonstrate Problem solving skills.
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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