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Module Title
Exercise Physiology

cardiovascular; respiratory; muscle; metabolism; nervous; endocrine; digestive; urinary

SCQF Points30
ECTS Points15
CreatedApril 2010
ApprovedSeptember 2015
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

None, in addition to course entry requirements

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

The aim of this module is to examine the structure and function of the major physiological systems of the human body and its acute responses to exercise.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Describe the structure of the human body’s major physiological systems.
2. Explain the function of the human body’s major physiological systems.
3. Describe the acute responses of the human body to exercise.
4. Explain the mechanisms behind the acute responses of the human body to exercise.

Indicative Module Content

The structure and function of the key physiological systems including: cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular, nervous, endocrine, digestive and urinary systems; the acute physiological responses to exercise focusing on cardiorespiratory variables (e.g. heart rate, stroke volume, cardiac output, redistribution of blood, extraction of oxygen [a-VO2 differenc], blood pressure, respiratory frequency, tidal volume, pulmonary ventilation), hormone production and release, mechanisms of fatigue, the body’s main energy systems and their relative contribution to exercise (in relation to intensity and duration).

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study



Private Study



Mode of Delivery

Fundamental content primarily driven by directed study supported with tutorial sessions.
Practical sessions further consolidate the students learning.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4

Component 1 will be assessed by Examination

Indicative Bibliography

1.KENNEY, W.L., WILMORE, J. H. & COSTILL, D. L., 2015. Physiology of sport and exercise. 6th ed. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
2.MCARDLE, W. D., KATCH, F. I. & KATCH, V. L., 2014. Exercise physiology, energy, nutrition and human performance. 8th ed. London: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
3.POWERS, S. K. & HOWLEY, E. T., 2014. Exercise physiology: theory and application to fitness and performance. 9th ed. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill.
4.MAUD, P. J. & FOSTER, C., 2006. Physiological assessment of human fitness. 2nd ed. Leeds: Human Kinetics.
5.SHIER, D., BUTLER, J. and LEWIS, R., 2015. Hole's Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology. 12th ed. New York: McGraw Hill.
6.A current and comprehensive list of references will be
supplied on an annual basis to reflect the evolving nature of
relevant topic areas.

Additional Notes

A pass will not normally be awarded for this module unless the student has attended a minimum of 80% of all learning opportunities.

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