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HL20185: Exercise physiology

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department for Health
Credits: 12 [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 240
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 40%, EX 60%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 40% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
  • Examination (EX 60% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take HL10182 AND ( take BB10089 OR take BB10003 OR take BB10121 OR take BB10263 )
Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
* Demonstrate an understanding of how the body adapts to exercise and appreciate the specificity of training.
* Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate techniques that are available for the investigation of changes that occur with regular training.
* Demonstrate an understanding of and be able to determine oxygen uptake, energy expenditure during exercise, mechanical efficiency, and peak power in a laboratory environment.
* Demonstrate an understanding of the physiological factors that limit performance across a range of different types of exercise.

Aims: To introduce the physiological adaptations that occur as a result of regular exercise and to understand how these adaptations may improve health, fitness and performance.

Skills: Knowledge and Understanding - taught, facilitated and assessed
Intellectual Skills - facilitated and assessed
Data acquisition, handling and analysis - taught, facilitated and assessed
Written Communication - facilitated and assessed
Working Independently - facilitated and assessed
Working as part of a group - facilitated.

Content: Energy balance and body composition, athlete profiling and training principles, the endurance athlete, the middle distance athlete, the strength and power athlete, the sprinter, demands and metabolism in games sports, intermittent high intensity exercise, concurrent training, delayed-onset muscle soreness, hydration and nutrition, the female athlete triad, monitoring and overtraining, long-term athlete development.

Programme availability:

HL20185 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • UXXX-AFB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AFM11 : MBioMed(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AKM11 : MBioMed(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 2)


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