Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology - SPOR5340

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 5 30 (15) Lex Mauger checkmark-circle


The module explores the body’s physiological response to exercise. The module deals with the assessment and interpretation of aerobic and anaerobic fitness and performance, blood lactate and ventilatory thresholds, as well as cardiovascular control during exercise. It aims to provide a critical review of the key physiological factors that determine and thus limit exercise performance in humans.
The following topics will be covered in this module are:
- Energy metabolism during exercise
- Oxygen uptake during exercise and recovery
- Control of ventilation during exercise and rest
- The role of lactate during exercise including the lactate and ventilatory thresholds
- Motor unit recruitment
- Physiology of strength and anaerobic power


Contact hours

1 hour Lecture per week (20 weeks) and a 2 hour bi-weekly laboratory practical session.

Method of assessment

Students will be assessed on their achievement in one written examination which will be worth 50% of the total grade. It will require students to apply theoretical knowledge to discuss regulation of body systems during exercise; effects of exercise on the respiratory and circulatory systems; and how exercise is powered.

Students will be assessed on their achievement in one assignment worth 40% of the total grade. This will require students to discuss specific physiological responses to exercise, and to discuss adaptations to training.
Students will be assessed on their practical skills within a laboratory setting which will be worth 10% of the total grade. This assessment will require students to demonstrate their competence when conducting a test of physiological fitness and its interpretation.

Indicative reading

McArdle, W. D., Katch, F.I. & Katch, V.L. (2010). Exercise Physiology: Energy, Nutrition, and Human Performance. 7th edn. Balitmore, USA: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

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Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:
• Demonstrated a detailed understanding of physiological systems relevant to exercise - muscle, cardiovascular, thermoregulation, respiratory.
• Demonstrated a detailed understanding of the regulation, adjustment and integration of specific physiological systems to the challenge of exercise
• Discussed the adaptation of specific physiological systems to training.
• Demonstrated competence in a range of physiology practicals and defined set of experimental and statistical techniques.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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