Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology - SPOR5340

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 5 30 (15) Lex Mauger checkmark-circle


The module explores the body's physiological response to exercise. It 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.
Topics include:
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

Total contact hours: 40
Private study hours: 260
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Essay (1,600 words) – 40%
Practical – 20%
Examination (2 hours) – 40%

Indicative reading

McArdle, W. D., Katch, F.I. & Katch, V.L. (2010). Exercise Physiology: Energy, Nutrition, and Human Performance. 7th edn. USA: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.
Fallowfield, J.L., Hale, B.J. & Wilkinson, D.M. (2005). Using statistics in sport and exercise science research. Chichester: Lotus Publishing.
Gore, C. (2000). Physiological Tests for Elite Athletes. Illinois: Human Kinetics.
Thomas, J.R. & Nelson, J.K. (2005). Research Methods in Physical Activity. (5th Ed.) Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics.
Winter, E.M., Jones, A.M., Davison, R.C., Bromley, P.D., & Mercer, T.H. (2007). Sport and Exercise Physiology Testing Guidelines (BASES) Volume One: Sport Testing. Oxon: Routledge.

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Learning outcomes

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

Demonstrate a detailed understanding of physiological systems relevant to exercise - muscle, cardiovascular, thermoregulation, respiratory;
Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the regulation, adjustment and integration of specific physiological systems to the challenge of exercise;
Discuss the adaptation of specific physiological systems to training;
Demonstrate competence in a range of physiology practicals and defined set of experimental and statistical techniques.

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

Demonstrate communication and presentation skills - via the use of student lead practicals and presentations on a variety of subject specific material with both individual and group settings used;
Apply numeracy and information technology – evidenced via working with formulae necessary to identify work rates, training zones, and for the study of parameters of human physiological function and through the preparation for presentations (including importing of graphics, word processing, internet searches);
Demonstrate interactive group skills – evidenced through conducting student lead presentations and tasks as well as through undertaking group practical sessions;
Demonstrate problem solving – achieved through the prescription of correct training loads and workloads for sport performers that students may deal with;
Self-appraise and reflect on practice – evidenced within the evaluation section of the lab report coursework assignment;
Plan and manage learning - through completing the extra self-directed study necessary to successfully complete the required assignments and tasks set during this module.


  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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