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Department for Health, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

HL50071: Exercise physiology

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Modular - December Start
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites:
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
This unit aims to:
(i) Develop a critical appreciation of physiological responses and adaptations to exercise and training;
(ii) Introduce the principles of physiological assessment of exercise.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
(i) Critically analyse and evaluate physiological evidence relating to exercise;
(ii) Design evidence-based training programmes for general and athlete populations, including methods to maintain or develop function in unaffected areas of the body;
(iii) Understand the importance of optimal training loads, recovery and potential maladaptations to exercise;
(iv) Advise on appropriate nutritional practices and interventions for exercise and performance;
(v) Discuss the effects of environmental factors on exercise and performance;
(vi) Understand and justify methods of exercise testing within general and athlete populations.

On completion of this unit students should be able to:
(i) Plan and manage their own study through analysis of the learning outcomes;
(ii) Communicate effectively with colleagues and tutors through asynchronous on-line discussions;
(iii) Enhance their learning through reflective practice following on-line exchanges;
(iv) Integrate and critically evaluate information gathered from a wide range of resources including journal articles, text books and other on-line resources (an appreciation for a hierarchy of evidence should be displayed);
(v) Apply research and theory to safe, relevant practice;
(vi) Engage and support within a multi-disciplinary team environment;
(vii) Adopt a scientific approach and writing style through assessed work.

The Unit content is divided into the following sections:
1) The Musculoskeletal System - the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system and the associated physiology;
2) Energetics - the production of energy during exercise and associated metabolic processes, including mechanisms for fatigue;
3) Acute Responses to Exercise - the central and peripheral responses to discrete bouts of sub-maximal and maximal exercise;
4) Chronic Adaptations to Exercise - the central and peripheral adaptations to training interventions, including maladaptations and recovery;
5) Nutrition - principles of a balanced diet in relation to athletic needs, the importance of hydration and effectiveness of nutritional supplements and ergogenic aids;
6) Environmental Physiology - the physiological requirements and adaptations related to exercise and performance in extreme environmental conditions;
7) Exercise Testing and Programme Design - assessment of physical capacity and capability, comparing and interpreting field and laboratory-based data, techniques for monitoring progress and applying physiological principles to training programme design.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

HL50071 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • THHL-ADM10 : MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine (Distance Learning)
  • THHL-ADL07 : PG Dip Sport and Exercise Medicine (Distance Learning)

HL50071 is a Stage Required Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • THHL-ADM18 : MSc Sports Physiotherapy (Distance Learning)
  • THHL-ADC04 : PG Cert Sports Physiotherapy (Distance Learning)
  • THHL-ADL18 : PG Dip Sports Physiotherapy (Distance Learning)

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.