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HL30054: Environmental physiology, metabolism & nutrition

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 30%, EX 70%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take HL20041 and take HL20044 and take HL20050
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To examine the physiological responses and adaptations to exercise in environmental extremes and specifically consider the metabolic responses and nutritional interventions that have been used to overcome or minimise potential limitations to performance.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
* Demonstrate an understanding of (i) the physiological strain induced by performance of exercise in different ambient temperatures and atmospheric pressures, and (ii) the associated adaptation to exercising in these environments.
* Demonstrate an understanding of (i) the metabolic changes induced by specific forms of exercise, often in specific circumstances/environments and (ii) other factors that potentially limit performance of various forms of exercise.
* Demonstrate an understanding of the role of potentially important macro- and micronutrients in enhancing performance and facilitating recovery from various forms of exercise.
* Demonstrate the ability to conduct and write-up a study designed to investigate the influence of environmental stress and/or nutritional supplementation on relevant physiological responses to exercise.

On completion of this unit students should be able to:
* Critically appraise relevant literature (facilitated and assessed)
* Assess physiological responses to exercise (taught and facilitated)
* Analyse and interpret physiological data (facilitated and assessed)
* Write a manuscript in a relevant journal format (assessed).

Thermoregulation; temperature regulation during exercise in hot, cold and humid environments and associated physiology of acclimatisation to heat stress.
Exercise at Altitude; acute physiological effects of altitude and effect on performance, adaptation to altitude and effect on performance at altitude and on return to sea level. Metabolism; substrate metabolism during prolonged exercise and the role of macronutrient supplementation (carbohydrate and fat). Protein requirements; protein requirements during various forms of exercise and the effect of protein supplementation.
Ergogenic aids; an overview including examples of specific ergogenic aids;
Exercise and Immunity; exercise-induced disturbance to immunity and the role of nutritional intervention.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL30054 is Optional (DEU) on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFB01 : BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UHHL-ACB04 : BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Combined Professional Placement & Study Abroad (Full-time with Combined Placement) - Year 4
  • UHHL-AKB04 : BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UHHL-AAB02 : BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 4

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.