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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 05/10/2022 15:12:56

Title of Module: Principles of Sport and Exercise Physiology

Code: SPOR08019 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Duncan  Buchan

Summary of Module

This module aims to provide students with essential knowledge of human physiology in sport and exercise and underpins subsequent modules in the latter years of the program. The module focuses on key physiological processes required to supplement modules both in the current year (Functional Kinesiology and Sport & Exercise Nutrition) and subsequent years (Physiological Adaptations to Exercise and Applied Exercise Physiology). Students will explore both whole body and cellular physiological processes in a theoretical setting and applied in practice, both essential for those engaging in studies of Sport and Exercise Science.

Indicative content includes:

Cardiovascular structure, control and acute responses to exercise, respiratory organization, function and acute responses to exercise. The role of the endocrine system in signalling during exercise, underpinned and accompanied by an overview of key cellular biological processes. Principles of skeletal muscle physiology will be developed and advanced to cover aspects of neural control and sensory feedback, vital in the understanding of human movement in sport, exercise and health.

This module will work to develop a number of the key 'I am UWS' Graduate Attributes to make those who complete this module:


  • Critical Thinker
  • Ethically-minded
  • Research-minded

Work Ready

  • Problem-Solver
  • Effective Communicator
  • Ambitious


  • Autonomous
  • Resilient
  • Driven


Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:




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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Discuss the major mechanisms of cardiorespiratory control their application during acute exercise

L2. Relate an understanding of cellular biological mechanisms and the role of the endocrine system to limitations and performance during exercise

L3. Relate knowledge of skeletal muscle physiology and neural control to exercise performance

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 8.

Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the extent, and principle processes involved in cardiorespiratory and neuromuscular physiology at rest and in acute response to exercise.

Develop an understanding of the major features of endocrine control in exercise.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Demonstrate ability to obtain, interpret and present data from both experimental settings and scientific literature.

Students will develop routine skills in cardiorespiratory and neuromuscular evaluation at rest and in exercise.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Students will critically analyse and evaluate physiological data, developing research skills to formulate evidence-based solutions.

Appropriate feedback from reports will establish and nurture reflective practice.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Develop a comprehensive use of physiological terminology both orally and in writing in a group setting and to a variety of audiences.

Students will use a range of standard application (Lab. tutor, EXCEL, SPSS, UNISTAT) to process and evaluate numerical and graphical data.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Demonstrate working effectively in group tasks during data collection, whilst taking continuing account of own and others’ roles, responsibilities and contributions during physiological assessment sessions.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The teaching approach will include a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory exercises and practical demonstrations, with supporting resources to promote the development of a broad understanding of the principles of sport and exercise physiology.
Laboratory sessions are a vital component of the module and allow the students to develop basic skills essential to the sport and exercise science graduate. This also provides the students with the opportunity to work independently or in small groups, generating formative feedback and assessment from both peers and staff.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Asynchronous Class Activity18
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity6
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop12
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Core Text:

Katch, V.L., McArdle, W.D. and Katch, F.I. (2015). Essentials of Exercise Physiology. 5th International Edition. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins*. ISBN-13: 978-1496302090

Tortora, G.J. and Derrickson, B. H., International student Edition. Thirteenth Edition (2017). Principles of Anatomy and Physiology:15th Edition : Wiley,UK.* ISBN: 978-1119400066

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardSport and Exercise
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelSport & Exercise L7-11
ModeratorMarie McLaughlin
External ExaminerA Tocknell
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Class Test: One class test comprising 50% of module marks
Scientific Report: Lab report comprising 50% of module marks
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)check markcheck markcheck mark501

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Laboratory/ Clinical/ Field notebookcheck mark  502
Combined Total For All Components100% 3 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is appropriate for any student. Students with enabling needs support will be accommodated to the fullest extent possible.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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